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@IUjvary @TheNonproReview The 5th element contained putative structures of novichok agents different from those published by Mirzayanov. For more info, see “Controlling Novichoks after Salisbury: revising the Chemical Weapons Convention schedules,” by @s_costanzi and @gregkoblentz
Controlling Novichoks after Salisbury: revising the Chemical Weapons Convention schedules
(2019). Controlling Novichoks after Salisbury: revising the Chemical Weapons Convention schedules. The Nonproliferation Review. Ahead of Print.
Lastly, as @gregkoblentz and I recommended in our @TheNonproReview paper, it will be important to conduct a thorough assessment of key precursors for the synthesis of novichok agents and assess the need to amend the CWC schedules accordingly. #chemical weapons
Moreover, as @gregkoblentz and I recommended in our @TheNonproReview paper, it is advisable to add to the CWC schedules another family of novichoks described by Mirzayanov that still remains uncovered by the CWC schedules. #chemical weapons
To further strengthen the Convention, given that the third element of the Russian proposal contains exclusively a single chemical, it is advisable to further amend the CWC schedules to cover the whole family of chemicals to which this specific chemical belongs. #chemical weapons
The amendment will enter into force 180 days after the @OPCW Director General notifies all State Parties and the Unites Nations Secretary General of the decision reached by the Conference of State Parties. #chemical weapons
In fact, according to the CWC's provisions, any weapon that exploits the toxicity of chemicals to intentionally kill or harm humans or animals is considered a chemical weapon. #chemical weapons @JPZanders
It is worth clarifying that even prior to the addition of these nerve agents to the CWC Schedules, their use as chemical weapons was prohibited by the CWC. #chemical weapons @JPZanders
The carbamates that were just added to CWC Schedule 1 are not chemically related to novichoks and are not organophosphorus nerve agents. However, the biochemical bases of their toxicity are similar to those of organophosphorus nerve agents. #chemical weapons