Peres: Israel to Weigh Chemical-Weapon Ban

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday said his government would "seriously" weigh joining an international chemical-arms ban following Syria's accession to the regime earlier this month, Reuters reported.

Despite holding little formal policy-making authority, Peres holds considerable sway and held a key role in the inception of Israel's undeclared nuclear-weapons program, the news agency said.

Russia on Monday said it would seize on Syria's recent chemical-arms steps by attempting to revive efforts to convene international talks on establishing the Middle East as an area free of weapons of mass destruction, Reuters reported separately.

September 30, 2013
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Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday said his government would "seriously" weigh joining an international chemical-arms ban following Syria's accession to the regime earlier this month, Reuters reported