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The completion of the destruction of the United States chemical weapons stockpile represents a significant milestone in fulfilling our obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention.  It is also testament to the vital role of international cooperation and transparency in arms control and disarmament.

As we mark this achievement, we must also recognize that the threat posed by the possession, development, and use of chemical weapons still exists and requires our continued focus.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future