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OPCW urges Israel to destroy its chemical weapons

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This file photo shows employees in protective gear holding a dummy grenade during a demonstration at a chemical weapons disposal facility of GEKA in Munster, northern Germany.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has urged the Israeli regime to destroy its chemical weapons and join the international treaty prohibiting the possession and use of such arms.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an OPCW official called on Israel’s close allies to put pressure on Tel Aviv so that it would allow international monitors to inspect its suspected facilities.

“I think Israel should be under a little more pressure by its close allies in order to join the treaty,” the OPCW official told The Times of Israel in The Hague on Thursday.

The official noted that he has information about details of Israel’s chemical program from a previous position he held outside the OPCW.

When asked if he knew the size of Israel’s chemical stockpile, he said, “Yes, I know.”

Reports say the OPCW has had contacts with the Israeli embassy in The Hague about this issue.

The OPCW was founded in 1997 to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction.

The Israeli regime is widely believed to have chemical weapons as well as being the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East with up to 400 undeclared nuclear warheads.

Tel Aviv has rejected global calls to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and does not allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its controversial nuclear program.

Israel neither confirms nor denies its suspected nuclear and chemical weapons capabilities due to its policy of ambiguity.


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