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Ban on chemical weapons gets US prod at Geneva

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Corresponednts Around The World, Edited By Anne Shutt / August 11, 1982


The United States gave top priority Tuesday to a ban on chemical weapons, saying evidence was mounting that Soviet-backed troops were using them against antigovernment forces in Afghanistan.

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US delegate Louis Fields, addressing the 40-nation Disarmament Committee here , also urged a treaty prohibiting radiological weapons, but said the US did not feel the time was ripe for concluding a comprehensive nuclear test-ban treaty.