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December 17, 1987

Without public announcement, the Army ended an 18-year moratorium, initiated by former President Richard M. Nixon, on U.S. production of chemical weapons and began filling containers at a remote Arkansas site with a component of the World War II-era poisonous nerve gas known as GB. The move kicks off an effort by the Reagan Administration to replenish aging chemical weapons with a new generation of munitions.

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