Chemical weapons inspectors outline Syria plan

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Inspectors who will oversee Syria’s destruction of its chemical weapons say their first priority is to help the country scrap its ability to manufacture such arms by a Nov. 1 deadline — using every means possible.

The chemical weapons inspectors say that may include smashing mixing equipment with sledgehammers, blowing up delivery missiles, driving tanks over empty shells or filling them with concrete, and running machines without lubricant so they seize up and become inoperable.

On Sunday, inspectors met with media in The Hague to explain their current plan of action, which is to include an initial group of 20 leaving for Syria on Monday.

The U.N. Security Council has ordered the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to help Syria destroy its chemical weapons by mid-2014.

Syrian President Bashar Assad says his government will abide by last week’s U.N. resolution.

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