U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense visits OPCW

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Andrew C. Weber recently visited the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at the group's headquarters in The Hague.

Director-General of the OPCW Ahmet uzumcu met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs Andrew C. Weber in order to give him a series of updates related to the global and U.S. implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

At the meeting, uzumcu commended the United States for its work in support of the CWC and the OPCW.

The CWC is approaching its 15th anniversary and the member nations are preparing for the Third Review Conference, to be held in The Hague in April.

uzumcu was recently in New York, where he spoke at a meeting of the United Nations convened to commemorate the convention's upcoming anniversary.

Weber is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics for issues that relate to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons. He is also the staff director of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Council, which oversees the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.