KSA: Saud Approves Rules for Curbing Chemical Weapons

Click here: Arab News –  Saud Approves Rules for Curbing Chemical Weapons

…The issuance of a national law and an executive bylaw implementing the convention reflects Saudi Arabia’s resolve to eradicate weapons of mass destruction. The new bylaw will be applied 90 days after its publication in the official Um Al-Qura gazette.

The chemical weapons law, which was passed by the Cabinet in 2005, prevents the development, production, possession, preservation, storage and transportation of chemical weapons. It also dictates that all chemical facilities must be accessible to inspectors.

Signatories of the convention are not allowed to develop, produce, acquire, stockpile and retain chemical weapons. Nor are they allowed to transfer and use, directly or indirectly, chemical weapons; engage in any type of military preparation to use chemical weapons; and assist, encourage or induce anyone to engage in any activity prohibited under this agreement.

According to Article 3 of the bylaw, the quantity of chemicals used for research, medical, pharmaceutical and preventive purposes should not exceed one metric ton.

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