Weapon of Mass Destruction

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Weapon of Mass Destruction

Any weapon designed to kill human beings in exceptionally large numbers. Examples include biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. International agreements limit the spread of these weapons and they are rarely used in practice. However, they remain a significant political risk in some parts of the world.
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Consequence management refers to the ability to respond to weapons of mass destruction effects against forces deployed abroad and to assist friends and allies.
Secure all weapons of mass destruction and all WMD-related material and equipment from theft or other acquisition by terrorists.
A US administration official told Time that Mr O'Neill was not in a position to have seen the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction because access to it was limited.
Today the Libyan leader said he had made a "wise decision and a courageous step" to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction.
Led by former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix, the commission is intended to provide new impetus to international efforts in the disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missiles.
Saddam Hussein claimed that he had no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
PRIME Minister Tony Blair says there is 'no doubt at all' that Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction.
By weapons of mass destruction Mr Hutchinson includes not only terrorist attacks on water and food supplies, or electric generators but a 'cyber attack on a nation's financial institutions'.
PRESIDENT Bush has pledged it's just a matter of time before Saddam's weapons of mass destruction are found.
There are three kinds of weapons of mass destruction that have been proscribed for Iraq: chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons.
The US Under-Secretary of State for arms control and international security John Bolton makes it clear that the failure of the UN inspectors to come up with any hard evidence of weapons of mass destruction will not dissuade Washington from its insistence that Baghdad must be disarmed.
Most ominously, Iraq has been engaged for many years in the monomaniacal pursuit of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

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