new global guidelines against germ warfare.

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* On July 25, the United States rejected efforts to institute new global guidelines against germ warfare. The draft agreement--culminating six years of negotiations over ways to verify compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention, which has no monitoring procedures--would have strengthened the 1972 treaty ban on the development, production, and possession of biological weapons. The United States had ratified the 1972 treaty along with 142 other countries--including Iran...

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