• Short Summary

    Now that legal control of the historic and strategic island of Okinawa has been transferred back to Japan, the United States in a goodwill gesture today (Thursday, July 15) started removal of almost 13,000 tons of poison gas weapons which have been stored on the island.

  • Description

    Now that legal control of the historic and strategic island of Okinawa has been transferred back to Japan, the United States in a goodwill gesture today (Thursday, July 15) started removal of almost 13,000 tons of poison gas weapons which have been stored on the island.

    The ultra-lethal weaponry has long been a source of conflict between the United States and the local residents. The removal procedure of the entire stock-pile to Johnston Island (South of Hawaii) is expected to take two to three weeks.

    American authorities did not anticipate any difficulty in the operation and on the first day, there were none. Villagers have been resettled all along the eight-mile truck route from the Chibana Ammunition Depot to the convoy vessel at the port of Tengan.

    As an added safety measure, military authorities announced that all of the shells has been defused.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7U0YZDSVZXSFCRKU5H2HZXNLZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7U0YZDSVZXSFCRKU5H2HZXNLZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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