Nerve gas Phosgene found in U.N. office in New York
Atlanta, GA 8/30/2007 06:14 PM GMT (WooEB)
Several vials of the dangerous nerve gas phosgene were found in Untied Nations offices in New York. U.N. weapons inspectors found the potentially dangerous chemicals as they were clearing the office.
The chemicals were removed from the office and U.N. officials believe they were manufactured before 1991. The dangerous material is said to have been removed from Iraq almost a decade ago.
Phosgene can be used in chemical warfare but a U.N. spokeswoman said the chemical was in oil and it’s “present state is unknown but which could be potentially hazardous.”
“There is no immediate risk or danger,” the spokeswoman said. The chemicals where “unknown liquid substances contained in metal and glass containers ranging in size from small vials to tubes the length of a pen in one of the sealed plastic bags. The only information we have of the contents of that bag is from and inventory of a 1996 inspection which indicates that one of the items may contain phosgene, an old generation warfare agent.”