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Norway denies United States' request to destroy Syria's weapons

Posted Oct 25, 2013 by Layne Weiss
Norway has denied a request by the United States to receive and destroy a bulk of Syria's chemical weapons because it does not have the capabilities to complete the task by the mid-2014 deadline set forth by the US and Russia.
Satellite imagery of the al-Safira military facility in Syria. The al-Safira military base is the he...
Satellite imagery of the al-Safira military facility in Syria. The al-Safira military base is the headquarters of the Syrian chemical weapons program and contains both a depot for storing chemical weapons as well as a massive laboratory for manufacturing them
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Norway's new Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who took office earlier this month, said the deadline was "too tight" as the country hadn't been able to figure out which port could receive the weapons, The AP reports. Borge also said that Norway did not have the capacity needed to handle the the waste that would result from the destruction of the weapons.
In a news conference Friday, Brende said the US and Norway have agreed it was pointless to continue "the evaluation of Norway as a place for this destruction."
Brende also said the US is looking into other "alternatives," but did not give any details.
Other nations have been asked to take part in the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.
Earlier this month, the United States and Russia asked Norway for help in destroying Syria's chemical weapons. Then, just days after, The Organization for the Prohibitions of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway.
Just days ago, the UN asked Norway to help destroy Syria's weapons.