U.S Conducts training to identify WMD used by some countries for assassination

Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as  Secretary of State | U.S. Embassy in Estonia

The United States has conducted a virtual training with key international partners to detect weapons of mass destruction (WMD)  suspected as a tool for assassination and as to how to prevent their use. This virtual exercise provided a critical opportunity for key partners to work together as an international community to prevent, deter, and hold those accountable for attacks using WMD.  This is the first in a series of bilateral and multilateral training sponsored by the United States with key international partners to help address this common concern, says US Department of State headed by Mike Pompeo in a statement. ’The United States is committed to helping our partners around the world counter Russian malign activities, and looks forward to continuing to work with them to help recognize, attribute, and Russia has a particularly notorious history of using WMD to target adversaries for assassination. This includes attempts to assassinate opposition politicians in Russia, dissidents and defectors abroad, and even citizens of other countries whose actions Russia disagrees with. The assassination attempt against Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, the U.K. in 2018 was particularly notable because it involved the first known use of a Novichok nerve agent that the Soviet Union developed in secret. And the Skripal incident is not unique. Just last month, according to chemical analysis by Germany, France, and Sweden, which was confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a Novichok agent was also used in the assassination attempt of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny.  Addressing such threats are a significant international security priority’’, the statement added. Picture courtesy: US Embassy in Estonia

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