Tuesday’s deadline to move most of Syria’s chemical weapons out of the country likely will go unmet.
The United Nations and an international chemical weapons monitoring group said unstable security, logistical problems and bad weather has made getting the toxins to the port of Latakia difficult.
For now, the delay is not raising concern in Washington, which characterized the deadline as ambitious. The State Department said it was satisfied to see “forward progress.”
The Syrian government agreed to allow the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons access to its chemical weapons arsenal for destruction at sea.
On November 15, the OPCW outlined a plan to have many of the most deadly weapons moved out by December 31. The plan is to ensure that Syria destroys all its chemical weapons in the arsenal by the middle of 2014