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U.K. to help United States destroy Syrian chemical arms faster

File photo of workers dressed in protective clothing preparing a dummy chemical grenade for destruction at the Society for the Disposal of Chemical Weapons and Ordnance (GEKA) during a demonstration in Munster October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files

LONDON: Britain said on Monday it planned to give the United States specialist equipment and training to help it destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal more quickly.

Part of Syria's chemical stockpile is due to be destroyed on board a specially adapted U.S. ship under an international accord engineered by Russia in the wake of a poison gas attack on the outskirts of Damascus that killed hundreds, including children, last August.

British Defence Minister Philip Hammond said in a written statement to parliament on Monday his country planned to gift equipment to the United States worth around 2.5 million pounds ($4.12 million) that would allow the chemicals to be processed at a higher rate.

"The US approached the UK to support this primary activity from our domestic industry as they would not have been able to procure the device themselves within the timeframes set," Hammond said. ($1 = 0.6066 British pounds)

 

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