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U.S. used sarin gas during Vietnam War: Time

NEW YORK, June 7 Kyodo

U.S. military forces used sarin nerve gas in Laos in 1970 during the Vietnam War, the Time magazine reported in its Monday issue.

The weekly, referring to research conducted by CNN television, said retired Adm. Thomas Moorer, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted the deadly gas was used during an operation to rescue a special team which infiltrated into Laos to assassinate U.S. soldiers who defected to enemy forces.

Other rescue operations also used the gas, Moorer was quoted as saying in indicating that then President Richard Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger acknowledged and tolerated its use.

At that time, the Nixon administration publicly declared a policy of no preemptive use of nerve gas.

Sarin gas was used by the Japanese religious sect AUM Shinrikyo in the 1995 Tokyo subway attack and the 1994 sarin gas incident in Matsumoto, central Japan, that killed more than 10 people and injured thousands.
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Date:Jun 15, 1998
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