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  • July 17, 1966

    Ho Chi Minh's Appeal to the Vietnamese Nation to Fight Against the Americans

    Ho Chi Minh discussed the American military escalation: The deployment of troops in South Vietnam, the use of chemical poisons and napalm, the bombing of the North, etc. He said that the only way peace can be achieved is by the US pulling out from Vietnam and accepting the DRV's 4 points and the NLF's 5 points. Ho Chi Minh then called on the Vietnamese nation to keep on fighting until victory.

  • March 24, 1975

    Military Exercise Soyuz-75 Instructions

    In this hypothetical scenario, enemy forces have attacked Maritime Front troops with nuclear and chemical weapons. This document directs the troop leadership to modify their route to avoid contaminated areas, decontaminate all contaminated units, and repair and/or replenish their chemical equipment.

  • March 01, 1987

    Saddam and His Advisers Discussing the Importance of Morale, Mobilizing Popular Support, and Targeting Iranian Cities

    Transcript of a meeting between Saddam Hussein and other unidentified Iraqi Ba'ath party members. The meeting specifically discussed raising morale and mobilizing popular support--including how to discourage retreats from the front. Also includes discussion of chemical weapons.

  • June 08, 1987

    Stenographic Transcript of the Official talks between Erich Honecker and Zhao Ziyang

    Zhao Ziyang and Honecker discuss economic and political reforms in China, bilateral relations between China and East Germany, attempts to reduce nuclear and chemical weapons stockpiles, and China's attitudes toward the Iran-Iraq War, Japan, the United States, and the Soviet Union.

  • September 29, 1987

    Memorandum on South African Military Policy on Biological and Chemical Warfare, and accompanying attachments

    South African Memorandum on the country's military policy on biological and chemical warfare, and accompanying attachments.

  • 1988

    Disarmament: The View from Moscow. Chemical Weapons

    Pamphlet published by the Soviet Novosti Press Agency on arms control of chemical weapons. The author discusses chemical weapons arsenals held by the major powers and attempts to ban them, especially through the Geneva Conference on Disarmament.

  • June, 1988

    Saddam and Senior Advisers Discussing Iraq's Stance toward International Law, Relations with Turkey, Kurdish Autonomy, and Other Issues

    Transcript of a meeting between Saddam Hussein and unidentified Iraqi diplomats. The meeting was held to revise a statement written by Saddam to be read by the Minster of Foreign Affairs regarding how the Iraqis stand respecting international law and legislation (i.e. the Geneva protocol of 1925). The second issue they discussed was the Kurdish insurgency. Saddam wanted to discuss the issue internationally with the participation of four countries. The attendees exchanged their points of view regarding the influence of such decisions (independence of the Kurds) in Turkey and Iran.

  • October 18, 1988

    Note about a Meeting between Erich Honecker and Qiao Shi

    Erich Honecker and Qiao Shi discuss economic and political reform in China, attempts to foster Sino-Soviet rapprochement, and East German and Chinese attitudes toward chemical and nuclear weapons.

  • October 04, 1989

    East German Ministry of State Security, 'Nuclear, Chemical, and Ballistic Missile Potential of Selected Threshold Countries' (excerpt)

    Iraq's WMD capacity as of October 1989 from Stasi Perspective

  • July, 1991

    National Intelligence Estimate, NIE 5-91C, 'Prospects for Special Weapons Proliferation and Control'

    With the term “weapons of mass destruction” having not yet fully come into general usage, this NIE used the term “special weapons” to describe nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons (formerly the term “special weapons” was sometimes used to describe nuclear weapons only). With numerous excisions, including the names of some countries in the sections on “East Asia and the Pacific” and “Central America,” this wide-ranging estimate provides broad-brushed, sometimes superficial, pictures of the situations in numerous countries along with coverage of international controls to halt sensitive technology exports to suspect countries.

  • November 17, 1994

    Annex, South African Council for Non-proliferation, 'Report on the Eighth Plenary Session of the PrepCom'

    Report on the Eighth Plenary Session of the Preparatory Commission for the establishment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

  • November 17, 1994

    Annex, South African Council for Non-proliferation, 'African Regional Seminar'

    Report on the African Regional Seminar on the National Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which was held in Pretoria in September, 1994.