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    US Set to Destroy Its Last Chemical Weapons, Closing a Deadly Chapter Dating to World War I

    US Set to Destroy Its Last Chemical Weapons, Closing a Deadly Chapter Dating to World War I

    RICHMOND, Ky. — At a sprawling installation in the middle of the rolling green hills of eastern Kentucky, a milestone is about to be reached in the history of warfare dating back to World War I.

    Workers at the Blue Grass Depot are close to destroying rockets filled with GB nerve agent that are the last of the United States' declared chemical weapons and completing a decadeslong campaign to eliminate a stockpile that by the end of the Cold War totaled more than 30,000 tons.

    The weapons' destruction is a major watershed for Richmond, Kentucky and Pueblo, , where an Army depot destroyed the last of its chemical agents last month. It's also a defining moment for arms control efforts worldwide.

    The U.S. faces a Sept. 30 deadline to eliminate its remaining chemical weapons under the international Chemical Weapons Convention, which took effect in 1997 and was joined by 193 countries. The munitions being destroyed in Kentucky are the last of 51,000 M55 rockets with GB nerve agent — a deadly toxin also known as sarin — that have been stored at the depot since the 1940s.

    By destroying the munitions, the U.S. is officially underscoring that these types of weapons are no longer acceptable in the battlefield and sending a message to the handful of countries that haven't joined the agreement, military experts say.

    “One thing that we're really proud of is how we're finishing the mission. We're…

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