Iran Claims U.S. Ship That Removed Syrian Chemical Weapons Is Now Deploying Them In Persian Gulf

Iran Claims U.S. Ship That Removed Syrian Chemical Weapons Is Now Deploying Them In Persian Gulf...
thedrive.com 03/07/2018 Military

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Iran is now claiming that the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Force's roll-on, roll-off cargo ship that removed Syria's declared chemical weapons stock is now deploying chemical weapons to the Persian Gulf.
Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a spokesman for the General Staff of the Iranian military, said that MV Cape Ray was escorted into the Persian Gulf by a U.S. destroyer and that it is now anchored in the region and carrying chemical agents. The general claims that the ship was present in Syria and Iraq when American forces retaliated in response chemical weapons use and that the Iranian government will disclose information about the ship's manifest and its mission in the near future, stating:
"Records of the US Cape Ray ship show that it has been in areas like Iraq and Syria where the Americans have launched war under the pretext of fight against chemical weapons use... After sustaining repeated failures in different fronts against the resistance, the Americans have now resorted to dangerous methods to continue presence in Iraq and Syria to justify their illegitimate presence in the region."
Over a five-month period back in 2014, Cape Ray was outfitted to handle the removal and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. It was the first time such an operation was executed aboard a vessel and its crew garnered high praise for quickly accomplishing the complex and dangerous mission.
Some 600 tons of chemical agents were destroyed by the ship and its complement over a matter of weeks, far faster than originally predicted.
Ventilation tent aboard the MV Cape Ray, deploying soon to handle chemical weapons coming out of #Syria. pic.twitter.com/ta8QYmPmCy
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) January 2, 2014
The US container vessel MV Cape Ray with #Syria’s chemical weapon precursors/2. pic.twitter.com/o5BpTduzvt
Italian Politics (@ItalianPolitics) September 7, 2014
In recent days the vessel has been in the Persian Gulf and just last week it took part in a logistics exercise in Kuwait. We don't know for absolute certain if the ship is sailing with a chemical weapons destruction outfit like it had in 2014 or not, but the idea that it is carrying an illicit stockpile of WMDs to use for false flag operations is ridiculous.
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