Jan 16 – The Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky is continuing the disposal of three bulk containers once filled with sarin nerve agent.
Jan 23 – Chinese officials have pressed Japan to follow through on its pledge to recover and eliminate chemical weapons abandoned in China at the close of World War II.
Jan 27 – The Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas is expected to meet the April 2012 international deadline for disposal of its stockpile of chemical weapons.
Jan 29 – The Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon is continuing preparations for disposal of more than 2,000 ton containers of mustard blister agent.
Iran has accused Israel of using white phosphorus in their military campaign against Hamas in Gaza. In a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki urged for ‘serious and effective action’ over Israel’s use of chemical weapons in Gaza.
Iran, which has continually supported the CWC, has urged for tighter restrictions on the use of white phosphorus.
White phosphorus is an incendiary agent that is often used in combat to create smokescreens or to illuminate targets at night. It remains a contentious issue under the CWC and Geneva Convention because its use is not permitted in civilian areas.
Iran Accuses Israel of using Phosphorus in Gaza – Reuters
Iran Blasts Israel for Employing Phosphorus Bombs – Tehran Times
Iran Accuses Israel of using Chemical Weapons in Gaza – China View
Gaza Family Returns Home after Phosphorus Blast – The Associated Press
Gaza Film Shows White Phosphorus from Alleged Israeli Attack – The Guardian
Iran’s IAEA ambassador warns against Israel’s “ethnic cleansing” in Gaza – ISNA
Israeli Completes Gaza Troop Pull-out – The Associated Press