Syria set to miss chemical weapons deadline
December 31 , 2013
Syria's chemical weapons are to be expelled by tomorrow but reports suggest that the country may miss the deadline since it hasn't even begun transporting the arms.
"At this stage, transportation of the most critical chemical material before 31 December is unlikely," says a UN statement, which also blames security threats, weather and other issues for the delay.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons made an agreement with Syria, according to which it was supposed to get rid of its key weapons by the end of the year. However, the complex program that requires taking the chemicals through dangerous regions is responsible for the delay.
"We're going to work with international partners to keep this on track and to keep up the pressure on the Assad regime to meet its commitments," a US official said.