Gadhafi has destroyed his chemical weapons, U.N. watchdog says

A United Nations watchdog group has confirmed that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has kept to his word, destroying his chemical weapon stockpile that produces mustard gas, and that he has no weapon to deliver a chemical payload.

While there are local fears among the protesters facing Gadhafi’s supporters and militias that the regime will use a biological or chemical weapon, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons believes the use of chemical weapons is unlikely, the Washington Post reports.

Libya’s delivery systems, which consisted of 3,300 unloaded aerial bombs, were crushed by bulldozers in 2004 when Gadhafi agreed to let his weapons of mass destruction be dismantled. The destruction of 13.5 metric tons of sulfur mustard last year was about 54 percent of the nation's stockpile.

"So far as we know, Libya gave up the capacity to deliver chemical agents seven years ago," Michael Luhan, a spokesperson for the OPCW, said, according to The Associated Press. "And in the last year we've also seen, after some delays, substantial progress toward destroying their existing stockpile of chemical agent, which is all mustard."

There are still some worries from outside Libya that if weapons do exist, Gadhafi might still be willing to use them.

"We know that this is a person who could unleash either chemical or biological weapons which he possibly still has," David Owen, a former British foreign secretary, said on BBC Radio Wednesday, the Washington Post reports. “(Gadhafi) is deeply unstable, and has been for 42 years.”