U.S. SAYS SYRIA PRODUCES BIO WEAPONS
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The United States has accused Iran, Iraq and Syria of producing biological
U.S. officials said these programs are in violation of the 1972 ban on biological weapons. The
accusation was the first that publicly identified Damascus as being engaged in both chemical and
The accusation was made by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and later supported by Secretary of
State Colin Powell. The two secretaries were attending a meeting in Canberra, Australia.
"When the treaty was signed, it was clear the people participating thought it was not verifiable,"
he told the Australian newspaper. "It is something that has been signed on to by countries like
Syria, Iran and Iraq -- a number of nations that are not noted for their restraint in some of these
Last week, the United States rejected revisions to the Biological Weapons Convention. U.S. officials
said the changes would allow industrial espionage in Western countries while failing to stop the
biological weapons programs of rogue states.