A chemical weapon is a specialized munition that can cause death, injury, temporary incapacitation or sensory irritation through its chemical action. They are classified as weapons of mass destruction.
Chemical weapons are distinct from nuclear weapons, biological weapons, and radiological weapons. Munitions or other delivery devices designed to deliver them, whether filled or unfilled, are also considered weapons. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to chemical weapons.
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The US secretary of state said Assad's reign "is coming to an end," a vision Russia's foreign minister did not indulge in. Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to probe a chemical weapons attack in Syria.
In an exclusive interview, Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, talks about US-Russian relations after Donald Trump launched a missile strike against a Syrian air-base.
Airstrikes have struck the rebel-held positions in Syria's Khan Sheikhoun, where a suspected chemical weapons attack left dozens dead. Rising tensions have prompted Britain's foreign minister to cancel a visit to Moscow.