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Chemical arms group agrees to ban Salisbury attack poison: diplomats

AFP  |  The Hague 

The world's weapons agency on Monday agreed to add Soviet-era Novichok, used in last year's attack against a former Russian agent, to its list of banned substances, diplomats said Monday.

A joint proposal by Canada, the and the was adopted by the 41-member council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Weapons, they said.

blamed for the of former Russian double agent and his daughter in the city of Salisbury, and said Novichok, a military-grade developed by the during the Cold War, was used.

The OPCW council agreed to add two families of highly toxic chemicals, including the agent used in Salisbury, to the Weapons Convention, tweeted Sabine Nolke, Canada's to the OPCW.

"dissociated itself from consensus but did not break. Thanks to all states who supported!" she said.

Member states now have 90 days to object before is formally added to the list, she said.

The Dutch foreign ministry also confirmed the decision.

British said it was a "good start to the OPCW year."

has strongly denied any involvement in the attack and insists it has destroyed all of its

The OPCW has confirmed that was used in the April attack and that it also poisoned a British couple exposed several months later to a perfume bottle in which the substance was allegedly stored.

British prosecutors have announced charges against two Russian officers of the GRU military intelligence service over the attack.

The in April last year expelled four alleged GRU agents suspected of trying to hack into the OPCW, using hidden in the boot of a vehicle parked outside a

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 20:05 IST