Syria has completed the destruction of its equipment for producing chemical weapons and filling munitions with poison gas, the global chemical weapons watchdog said today.
The announcement comes one day ahead of the deadline set by the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for the Assad regime to destroy or "render inoperable" all chemical weapon factories.
International Editor Bill Neely reports.
Destruction of the equipment means that Syria can no longer produce new chemical weapons, though Damascus still has to start destroying existing weapons and stockpiles.
The country is believed to have around 1,000 metric tons of chemicals and weapons, including mustard gas and the nerve agent sarin.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year, said they were satisfied that all of Syria's declared weapon production equipment.
However the harder part of the process is still to come, experts say, as the regime's existing agents need decommissioned, transported and destroyed and it is still unclear whether Assad declared his full arsenal to the UN and the OPCW.