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Syria's Chemical Weapons May Go To Norway For Destruction

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FILE -- This file image made from video broadcast on Syrian State Television on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 purports to show a chemical weapons expert taking samples at a chemical weapons plant at an unknown location in Syria. The dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is under way, but the mission faces multiple challenges, from an ambitious deadline and a raging civil war that threatens inspectors? safety. It also has far-reaching political consequences, giving a political boost to Presid | AP

STAVANGER, Norway -- STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway says it is considering a request to take the bulk of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile for eventual destruction.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ragnhild Imerslund says the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which are charged with destroying the deadly arsenal, would like the stockpile destroyed in one country outside Syria, and have asked Norway to do that.

Imerslund told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Norway would consider accepting Syria's chemical precursors and mixed chemicals such as mustard gas, but not chemicals loaded onto weapons such as warheads, which would be very dangerous to handle.

The ministry says that, according to the latest U.N. estimates, Syria has 50 metric tons of mustard gas and some 300-500 metric tons of chemicals needed to make deadly nerve agents.

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