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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of 6/23/94

1. RUSSIA: CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Q. Is Russia developing three chemical weapons agents not prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) schedule? Is the U.S. trying to get these included on the CWC schedule?

A. WE CANNOT CONFIRM WHETHER OR NOT RUSSIA IS DEVELOPING NEW CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGENTS. IN ANY CASE, ARTICLE I OF THE CWC, ONCE IT ENTERS INTO EFFECT, WILL COMMIT ALL STATES PARTY NOT TO DEVELOP, PRODUCE, ACQUIRE, STOCKPILE OR RETAIN ANY CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGENTS. THIS COVERS ALL SUCH AGENTS, INCLUDING THOSE NOT ON THE CWC SCHEDULE. THE CONVENTION REQUIRES EACH STATE PARTY TO DECLARE ALL OF ITS CHEMICAL AGENTS. THUS, IF RUSSIA HAS NOT PROVIDED A COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ITS CHEMICAL AGENTS, IT NEEDS TO DO SO.

2. TURKEY: BOMB BLASTS

Q: What is the U.S. Reaction to recent PKK attacks against unanmed civilians?

A: WE UNDERSTAND THAT BOMBS HAVE EXPLODED IN THE TURKISH MEDITERRANEAN RESORT AREAS OF MARMARIS AND FETHIYE. HOWEVER, WE DO NOT YET KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE. THE U.S. CONDEMNS ALL TERRORIST ACTIONS AND REGRETS ANY HARM TO INNOCENT CIVILIANS AS A RESULT OF SUCH ACTIONS.

3. JORDAN DEBT

Q: Do you have figures on Jordan's official debt to the United States?

A: JORDAN OWES APPROXIMATELY $650 MILLION TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, NOT INCLUDING CONTINGENT LIABILITIES.*

*Loans made to private companies which are guaranteed by the Government of Jordan.

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