The Chemical Weapons Convention
This map shows international participation in the Chemical Weapons Convention. The light green countries have signed and ratified the CWC, the dark green depicts countries acceding or succeeding, the yellow countries have only signed, and the red countries are non-signatory.
The Convention is designed to ensure that toxic chemicals are only developed and produced for purposes unrelated to chemical weapons. According to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, toxic chemicals are widely used in commercial industrial production as a basic raw material, or as anti-neoplastic agents, which prevent the multiplication of cells, and as fumigants, herbicides, or insecticides.
Such chemicals are considered chemical weapons if they are produced and stockpiled in amounts that exceed requirements for those purposes that are not prohibited under the convention.
September 1, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
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