Libya weapons proliferation worries US

2011-09-14 21:17
Tripoli - A senior US official says the potential proliferation of both conventional and unconventional weapons in Libya is a "key concern" after six months of civil war.

Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman says the US already has people working with Libya's new rulers about the possible proliferation of shoulder-fired missiles, as well as chemical weapons like mustard gas.

Feltman told reporters on Wednesday during a visit to Tripoli that the mustard agents in Libya are not in weapons form, which means they pose a less immediate threat.

He said "to the best of our knowledge they are containerised in bulk form" and "where they are supposed to be".

Feltman is in Tripoli to meet members of the National Transitional Council, the closest thing Libya's new rulers have to a functioning government.
- AP
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