Chemical–Biological Weaponry

Archive Report

Current Interest in Gas-Germ Weapons

Risk in Spread of Silent and Secret Weapons

The weapons of chemical and biological warfare are being exposed to public view, a glimpse at a time. Some viewers, here and abroad, are deeply troubled by what they see. U.N. Secretary General U Thant told the General Assembly in July 1968 that such weapons pose a greater threat to world peace than nuclear arms “because they are easily accessible to poor nations as well as superpowers.” A multinational committee of experts established by the General Assembly last December, at the request of the Geneva Disarmament Conference, is scheduled to report to the Secretary General by July 1 on the global dangers of gas and germ warfare.

Perhaps anticipating the report, Britain's Lord Ritchie ...

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