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Export controls extended on chemical weapons precursors



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Ml 8 8 20 December 1991

EXPORT CONTROLS EXTENDED ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS PRECURSORS

The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Neal Blewett, announced in Canberra today that the Government had moved to extend its existing export controls over chemical weapons precursor chemicals to cover an additional nine " "

chemicals.

Chemical weapons precursors are chemicals which are one or two stages removed from the poison gases used in chemical w e a p o n s .

"In the period before the completion of a comprehensive Chemical Weapons Convention export controls play an important part in the Government's approach to controlling the proliferation of chemical weapons," Dr Blewett said.

"While there is no evidence that Australian chemical companies have ever been involved in the production of chemical weap o n s , this change will help to ensure that this impressive record is maintained and that no Australian company inadvertantly becomes associated with the chemical weapons programs of other countries," Dr Blewett said.

Australia now controls the export of 59 chemical weapons precursor chemicals. Dr Blewett said that the addition of these chemicals had taken place after thorough consultation with the Australian chemical industry which fully supports

this action.

Authority for these export controls is provided under the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations, Sub-regulation 13D, for which the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade is the responsible Minister. The chemical weapons precursor chemicals are listed in Schedule 15. The amendment to the regulations was notified in the Commonwealth Gazette of 12 December 1991. Copies of the amendment are available from Commonwealth Government Bookshops.

With effect from 12 December 1991, companies wishing to export these chemicals will need to obtain an export permit from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The full list of chemical weapons precursor chemicals now subject to Australian export controls is attached.

Media contacts:

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: John Gee, 261 2399; 291 7086 (AH)

CHEMICAL WEAPONS PRECURSOR CHEMICALS SUBJECT TO AUSTRALIAN EXPORT CONTROLS

Chemical Compound [Chemical Abstracts

Service (CAS) Registry Number]

EXISTING LIST (NOS 1-50)

1. Thiodiglycol (111-48-8)

2. Phosphorus Oxychloride (10025-87-3)

3. Dimethyl Methylphosphonate (765-79-6)

4. Methyl Phosphonyl Difluoride (DF) (676-99-3)

5. Methyl Phosphonyl Dichloride (DC) (676-97-1)

6. Dimethyl Phosphite (DMP) (868-85-9)

7. Phosphorus Trichloride (7719-12-2)

8. Trimethyl Phosphite (TMP) (121-45-9)

9. Thionyl Chloride (7719-09-7)

10. 3-Hydroxy-l-methylpiperidine (3554-74-3)

11. Ν , Ν -Diisopropyl-(beta)-Aminoethyl " " '

Chloride (96-79-7)

12. Ν,Ν-Diisopropyl-(beta)-Aminoethane Thiol (5842-07-9)

13. 3-Quinuclidinol (1619-34-7)

14. Potassium Fluoride (7789-23-3)

15. 2-Chloroethanol (107-07-3)

16. Dimethylamine (124-40-3)

17. Diethyl Ethylphosphonate (78-38-6)

18. Diethyl N ,N-Dimethylosphoramidate 19. Diethyl Phosphite (2404-03-7) (762-04-9)

20. Dimethylamine Hydrochloride (506-59-2)

21. Ethyl Phosphinyl Dichloride (1498-40-4)

22. Ethyl Phosphonyl Dichloride (1066-50-8)

23. Ethyl Phosphonyl Difluoride (753-98-0)

24. Hydrogen Fluoride (7664-39-3)

25. Methyl Benzilate (76-89-1)

26. Methyl Phosphinyl Dichloride (676-83-5)

27. Ν,Ν-Diisopropyl-(beta)-Amino Ethanol 28. Pinacolyl Alcohol (986-80-0) (464-07-3)

29. Ο -Ethyl 2-Diisopropylaminoethyl Methylphosphonite (QL) (57856-11-8)

30. Triethyl Phospite (122-52-1)

31. Arsenic Trichloride (7784-34-1)

32. Benzilic Acid (76-93-7)

33. Diethyl Methylphosphonite (15715-41-0)

34. Dimethyl Ethylphosphonate (6163-75-3)

35. Ethyl Phosphinyl Difluoride (430-78-4)

36. Methyl Phosphinyl Difluoride (753-59-3)

37. 3-Quinuclidone (3731-38-2)

38. Phosphorus Pentachloride (10026-13-8)

39. Pinacolone (75-97-8)

40. Potassium Cyanide (151-50-8)

41. Potassium Bifluoride (7789-29-9)

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42. Ammonium Bifluoride 43. Sodium Bifluoride 44. Sodium Fluoride 45. Sodium Cyanide 46. Tri-ethanolamine 47. Phosphorus Pentasulphide 48. Di-isopropylamine 49. Diethylaminoethanol 50. Sodium Sulphide

(1341-49-7) (7681-49-4) (1333-83-1) (143-33-9)

(102-71-6) (1314-80-3) (108-18-9)

(100-37-8) (1313-82-2)

ADDITIONS (NOS 51-59)

51. Sulphur monochloride 52. Sulphur dichloride 53. Triethanolamine hydrochloride 54. Oxalyl chloride 55. Thiophosphoryl chloride 56. Diethyl methylphosphonate 57. Methylphosphonic acid 58. N ,N-Dimethylamidophosphoryl dichloride 59.

(10025- (10545- (637- (79-

(3982- (683- (993- (677-

•67-9) •99-0) •39-8) ■37-8) ■91-0)

08-9) 13-5) ■43-0)

N,N-Diisopropyl-2-aminoethyl chloride hydrochloride (4261-68-1)