Q: How do you get rid of the stuff?
A: Experts say nerve gas has to be disposed of properly in locations with high temperatures and controls to keep gas from escaping to minimize the risk of accidentally gassing other people.
Q: So how can the U.S. military destroy Syria's nerve gas supplies?
A: "Several of the options that are being discussed for military intervention have downside risks," said Amy Smithson, a chemical weapons expert at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. "Bombing the (weapons storage) site risks releasing the chemicals over nearby population." Making matters worse, Syrian President Bashar Assad has threatened to use the weapons if attacked, she said.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on sarin: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/sarin/basics/facts.asp
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (which implements the international chemical weapons convention): http://www.opcw.org/
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