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Kuwait reaffirms solidarity with UK on Salisbury incident

‘OPCW report confirms nerve agent had been used’

Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi addressing the Security Council.

NEW YORK, April 19, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait reiterated its solidarity with the United Kingdom in whatever measures it might take to determine the culprits in the poisoning incident in Salisbury on March 4.

Speaking before a UN Security Council session on the New Report on Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack, Kuwait Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al- Otaibi said the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report had supported findings that a military- grade nerve agent had been identified.

The State of Kuwait is firmly against proliferation, production and storing of WMDs and denounces any use or threat to use such weapons, whether directly or indirectly whatever the justifications might be, Al-Otaibi stressed.

Council members speaking after the short briefing universally condemned the use of chemical agents in targeted attacks. However, opinions diverged widely on the implications of the OPCW report with regard to the identity of the Salisbury incident’s perpetrators.

Moreover, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu summarized new information about the March 4 incident, which she had received from OPCW. Samples taken from the site had confirmed the United Kingdom’s findings regarding the identity of the toxic chemicals.

Meanwhile, the representative of the United Kingdom Karen Pierce said the report had supported her Government’s own findings that a nerve agent had been identified. Rejecting those allegations as “completely baseless,” the Russian Federation’s delegate emphasized that the OPCW report revealed that the toxic substances could have been produced in the Russian Federation, United States or a host of other countries.

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