Russia Urges Verification Powers be Added to Bioweapons Treaty Regime

“Russia would like to see a mandatory verification system established for the Biological Weapons Convention to ensure that member nations are abiding by their obligations not to develop or store disease materials for offensive purposes, ITAR-Tass reported on Wednesday …

“The United States does not support a binding verification mechanism, partly on the grounds that the biological science research community is too diffuse and complex for such a regime to be practical. Speaking at the conference yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged that the pact’s annual reporting section instead be amended to “ensure that each party is answering the right questions, such as what we are each all doing to guard against the misuse of biological materials.”

Apparently all they have to do is inspect Sierra Army depot and see whether a contractor’s report of seeing large vats of liquid is true.


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