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Syria's chemical weapons 'placed under seal'

An image grab taken from Syrian television on October 19, 2013 shows a mechanical digger from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in Syria
An image grab taken from Syrian television on October 19, 2013 shows a mechanical digger from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in Syria

International inspectors have placed Syria's entire declared stock of over 1,000 tonnes of chemical weapons and agents under tamper-proof seal, the world's chemical watchdog said Thursday.

"All stocks of chemical weapons and agents have been placed under seals that are impossible to break," Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) spokesman Christian Chartier told AFP, adding that the seals were "tamper proof".

An image grab taken from Syrian television shows an inspector from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in Syria on October 8, 2013
An inspector from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons works at an undisclosed location in Syria on October 8, 2013

"These are 1,000 tonnes of chemical agents (which can be used to make weapons) and 290 tonnes of chemical weapons," Chartier said.

OPCW and UN inspectors have until mid-2014 to destroy Syria's entire chemical arsenal and production facilities under the terms of a US-Russian deal to head off military strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

An image grab taken from Syrian television shows an inspector from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in Syria on October 8, 2013
An image grab taken from Syrian television shows an inspector from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in Syria on October 8, 2013

"The weapons and agents remain at their respective sites, we're not yet at the stage of moving them," Chartier said.

Syria is cooperating with the disarmament operation and has already said it had approximately 1,290 tonnes of chemical weapons and agents as well as 1,230 unfilled chemical munitions, meaning shells, rockets or mortars.