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UK government to assist in destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile

Workers unload equipment from the MV Cape Ray, part of the U.S. maritime reserve fleet in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. The U.S. ship, which will serve as the lynchpin for the destruction of Syria’s most toxic chemical weapons, is preparing to set sail from Virginia in about two weeks for what will be an unprecedented, complex mission. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
December 20, 2013 - 7:11 AM

LONDON - Britain's Foreign Office says it will help the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons program.

The U.S., Russia, China, Denmark, Norway and Finland are already committed to the mission.

The U.K. said Friday it has agreed to destroy 150 tons of industrial-grade chemicals from Syria's stockpile at a commercial facility.

The Foreign Office said the chemicals will be shipped to the U.K. before being transferred to a commercial site to be incinerated and destroyed.

It added that it will give specialist equipment — to help transport chemicals — to the U.S. to help with the destruction at sea of some of the most toxic chemical weapons and also provide a ship to help ensure the safety and security of Danish and Norwegian cargo vessels removing Syria's stockpile.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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