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>> The poison that the British government believes was used in the Sergei Skripal incident is from an obscure series of nerve agents rooted in Cold War secrecy. Anthony Deutsch is Reuters' Bureau Chief in the Netherlands where the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons is in closed door sessions over the banned substances, known collectively as Novichok.
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>> Novichok is most remarkably known to be the most powerful nerve agent out there and were developed in secret, and have actually not been used before as far as we know. The idea behind this according to scientists who worked with the Russian chemical weapons program was to create a nerve agent that was also a chemical weapon that could go undetected by the western intelligence agencies.
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What they did is developed the nerve agent using chemicals that were widely available in the agribusiness.
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international treaty that was established in the late 1990s, all countries who are members agree, including Russia and the United States, agreed to destroy all their chemical weapons programs. However, Novichok was actually never declared by any country so the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, and the which over sees that treaty actually finds itself in uncharted territory here with not state known to or actually having ever admitted developing or using it.
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ere are several different scenarios here. The problem is that United Nations is deeply divided politically. And they would need to get a majority of countries to agree. And then, they faced similar conditions to the UN's Security Council because Russia has a veto on the UN Security Council.