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South Sudan latest country to outlaw chemical weapons

Only countries to outlaw toxic chemical weaponry are Israel, Egypt and North Korea

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THE HAGUE - The latest entrant to the United Nations South Sudan has signed on to the Chemical Weapons Convention against chemical weapons, isolating just thre countries which hav yet to commit to and ratify the international treaty,

"South Sudan has no reason to sit on the fence," the country's top foreign ministry official Moses Akol Ajawin told the annual meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), on Saturday, confirming South Sudan has almost concluded the process to become the body's "newest and youngest state party."

The only countries to outlaw toxic chemical weaponry are Israel, Egypt and North Korea.

Most countries signed up in 1993.

The mission of the OPCW is promote "a world that is free of chemical weapons and of the threat of their use, and in which cooperation in chemistry for peaceful purposes for all is fostered."

"In doing this, our ultimate aim is to contribute to international security and stability, to general and complete disarmament, and to global economic development," the OPCW mission concludes.

The countries that have signed on to the convention account for 98% of the world's population and 98% of the world's landmass. They are:

 

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