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North Korea Used Chemical Weapons, say Allies

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North Korea Used Chemical Weapons, say Allies

By K. McCalmont

3rd May, 2015

 


 

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    A joint statement released by Allied Command today accuses North Korea of using chemical weapons on advancing Allied troops in the peninsula. North Korea allegedly deployed chemical weapons against a U.S. ranger regiment during an assault on a North Korean airbase surrounded by civilian villages. North Korea has not responded to this statement, but in the past has denied using chemical weapons in violation of international norms. The statement suggests the attack was not highly effective, due to previous knowledge of North Korean chemical weapons and sufficient preparation by the Allied regiments to combat the threat.

 

    Although international law does not prohibit nations from utilizing chemical weapons in cases of self-defense, the use of chemical weapons nearby to or on civilians is a clear violation of the Geneva Convention and international law.


 

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