Chemical industry to pay $500M for the U.S. to remove chemical compounds from U.N. blacklist
Chemical industry will pay $1.5 billion to the United Nations to remove the chemical compounds used in the production of the most widely used chemical weapon in the world, according to a new contract.
The Chemical Industry Association said in a filing that it signed last week that the group will reimburse the U,N.
agency for a portion of the $500 million, plus an additional $1 million in reimbursement for expenses incurred to remove certain chemicals.
The agency has already reimbursed some $1 billion to companies and agencies involved in the process of removing chemical weapons.
The chemical industry is also being paid $1,000 to each of its employees for each of the four years, the agency said.
Chemical industry companies including Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Co., and the American Chemistry Council will be paid $100,000 per employee, the group said.
The contract for the chemical industry, which has a global market value of $70 billion, includes $2.5 million for the cleanup and remediation of chemical-weapon production facilities, $3.5 to be paid to the U.,N.
Chemical Weapons Elimination Mission in Syria, and $200,000 for the Chemical Weapons and Chemical-Agencies Coordination and Dissemination Programme.
The United Nations says more than 1,600 chemical weapons have been used in Syria.
The deal is the latest effort to make good on a pledge by President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the International Criminal Court, an international tribunal that can hold countries responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during a conflict.
The U.K. and France have been leading the effort to dismantle the ICC.
The International Court of Justice was established in 1998, following a U. S. withdrawal from the tribunal in 1993.
The ICC has jurisdiction over more than 100 cases.
The new deal was negotiated after the United Kingdom and France signed a landmark deal in February 2017 that included a $1-billion commitment to a U.,S.-led task force to eliminate chemical weapons from the globe.
President Trump has repeatedly promised to remove U. N. chemical weapons, saying the U ,N.
must do more.
Last year, the U .
Security Council approved a resolution authorizing the U,.
N. to use force against chemical weapons in Syria if necessary, in a move that led to the release of U.n.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The resolution has been under review by the Security Council since then, but the U Trump has also said he wants to get rid of the U ntersurveillance, and a number of U nternational leaders have said they hope Trump will pursue a more direct approach.