U.K. May Have Allowed Sales of Chemical Weapons to Syria

Last week British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a defeat when the British Parliament voted against military intervention versus the Syrian government, which allegedly used chemical weapons on its citizens.

Now, there are reports that Cameron's administration allowed British companies to sell ingredients that can be used to make chemical weapons to the Syrian government, after the war began against the Syrian rebels months ago.

According to the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, export licenses for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride were granted by the U.K. government in January, 10 months after war between the Syrian government and the rebels broke out.

These chemicals can be used to create sarin, the chemical which reportedly killed nearly 1500 people in Syria recently.

The licenses were revoked six months later because the European Union, not the U.K., imposed sanctions on the Syrian government.

Members of British Parliament are furious and are demanding to know why Cameron's administration allowed the chemicals to be sold to a nation that has not hidden its support for terrorism for decades.

The U.K.'s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said in a statement: “The U.K. Government operates one of the most rigorous arms export control regimes in the world."

Source: Daily Record and Sunday Mail


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