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UNODA Occasional Papers No.5: Terrorism and Disarmament, October 2001

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The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community.

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Chemical weapons and terrorism

Toxic chemicals and chemical weapons have already been used as weapons of terror. Our experts at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) say that if those who used sarin in the Tokyo underground in March 1995 knew how to do it, then the casualties would have been in the thousands. We were overwhelmed and horrified by the use of planes as missiles and we now see the stories about anthrax. However, we should be looking ahead. We should be ready for what has not yet happened on a similar massive scale.

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