According to a new report, the United States and Israel have reached an agreement to end the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in exchange for the release of several hundred tons of chemical weapons that were seized from the Syrian government.
The deal is expected to be signed within the next week, and the chemical stockpile has already been destroyed.
According to a statement released by the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the deal will include the release and destruction of all chemical weapons stored in Syria.
Under the deal, the US is expected see the release, storage, and use of all of Syria’s chemical weapons, including sarin, mustard gas, VX, VOC, VIB, and VX-121.
However, the chemical stockpiles that remain in Syria are expected to remain in a state of limbo.
The US has been pressing Damascus to give up chemical weapons and to allow UN inspectors access to its military facilities, but has yet to agree to the release.
A US State Department official said the agreement is “in the pipeline,” and is expected “to be signed shortly.”
The US, Israel, and Syria are also expected to sign a memorandum of understanding that will see the US release Syria’s remaining chemical weapons from the UN Chemical Weapons Disarmament Organization (UNCWDO).
The UNCWDO is a joint international military operation overseen by the UN Security Council.