OPCW considers destruction of Syria's weapons at sea

One of the destruction options for Syria's chemical weapons includes destroying the chemical arsenal at sea in an environmentally safe manner, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Friday during her daily press briefing. Psaki said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is considering destroying Syria's chemical arsenal at sea. She said the U.S. and other countries around the world would only consider the option if it could be done safely.

"We and many other countries have responsibilities under the (Chemical Weapons Convention) and the London convention and would only consider destroying chemicals at sea if it can be done in a safe and environmentally sound manner," Psaki said. "There are many ways to do that, such as high temperature incineration and chemical treatment that can be used to destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical agents and precursors."

When asked about the OPCW's plan to look for private companies to get rid of approximately 800 metric tons of Syria's chemical arsenal, Psaki said the OPCW is still considering different options.

"As I understand it and as we understand it from the reports, they're looking for specific technical expertise as they prepare for different options," Psaki said. "Obviously, they haven't solicited that help yet, so we'll see where this goes."