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US to stress verification in plan for chemicals ban

The United States will seek to extend verification ''to the highest degree possible'' in a draft treaty banning chemical weapons to be introduced by Vice-President George Bush tomorrow at the Geneva disarmament conference, chief US delegate Louis Fields said Monday.

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Mr. Fields said he did not expect the Soviet Union to accept the draft, to be presented tomorrow to the 40-nation forum.

Well-informed sources said the convention would provide for permanent on-site inspection of the destruction of chemical weapon stocks; propose the monitored destruction of chemical weapons production facilities; and set out methods of defining and monitoring the permitted production of feedstock chemicals that have a legitimate industrial use but are also potential weapons.

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