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US rejects biological weapons convention protocol

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 02 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1326
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    An interagency team of the Bush administration drawn from the State Department, the Pentagon, the Commerce Department, the Energy Department, and intelligence agencies has completed a critical review of the enforcement protocol of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention.

    The convention, banning the use of biological weapons, was ratified by 143 nations but lacked means of ensuring compliance.

    The interagency team reportedly found 38 problems with the protocol, a handful of them serious. It has unanimously concluded that the current …

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