British Findings On Salisbury Nerve Attack Confirmed By Chemical Weapons Agency

According to a summary of the findings of four testing laboratories of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)- the global chemical weapons watchdog, published on Thursday, the findings and conclusion of the British investigations in the case of the nerve agent used in last month’s murder attempt on a former Russian spy in England, were confirmed by the test results from the four laboratories.
A military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group of poisons had bene used for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on March 12. The identified nerve agent had been developed by the Soviet Union back in the 1970s and ’80s.
There was no organization or country blamed nor the chemical agent specifically named, in the test results filed by the OPCW following the agency having collected their own samples form the spot of the incident the city of Salisbury at the request of the British government.
The U.K. had directly accused Russia for the attack which have bene vehemently opposed by Russia.
“The results of analysis by OPCW-designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people”, the OPCW said.
The nerve agent also impacted a police officer who was taken ill after trying to help out the Skripals.
The OPCW would convene an emergency meeting next Wednesday – at the request of the U.K., where the results would be discussed.
The British government’s claims that h nerve agent attacked involves a state was involved was reinstated by the test results from the OPCW laboratories which found that the agents used were of “a high purity”.
The test results were circulated among the members of the OPCW on Thursday after they were out on Wednesday night.
She was suffering from the effects of the poisoning, said Yulia Skripal in a statement after she was released from hospital on Monday. However, her father still continues to in a serious health condition. An offer for help from the Russian embassy was being declined by her, she also said.
A number of variations of Novichok can be found. It is a binary weapon comprising of two chemical that are less toxic but when they are mixed together, the chemical that is produced is a number of times more lethal than sarin or VX.
Russia’s ambassador to Britain, Alexander Yakovenko, has identified the alleged poison as Novichok A-234, derived from an earlier version known as A-23
(Adapted from CNBC.com)

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