United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Xijiao State Guesthouse on the eve of the fourth CICA summit in Shanghai May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the U.N. Security Council that the June 30 deadline for totally eliminating Syria's chemical weapons will not be met because the Syrian government says the final shipment of dangerous chemicals can't be transported safely.The international community, shocked by a chemical attack last August that killed hundreds near Damascus, had aimed to remove and destroy 1,300 metric tons of chemicals by June 30 .Syria missed several deadlines, including a final April 27 deadline to get all dangerous chemical out of the country.It has been clear for several months that the June 30 deadline would almost certainly not be met, because of Syria's delays and the 60 days needed for the Cape Ray to neutralize the chemicals.
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