Weapons inspectors cleaning out an office in a United Nations building near its Manhattan headquarters found six to eight vials of a nerve gas believed to have been recovered from Iraq in 1996, the AP reports. A UN spokeswoman said there was no immediate danger from the substance, identified as phosgene, an older chemical warfare agent.
A UN team secured the substance and called US authorities for backup, AP reported. The phosgene, in vials of various sizes, was suspended in oil; the spokeswoman said its state was uncertain but "potentially hazardous." She added, "the only information we have of the contents of that bag is from an inventory of a 1996 inspection."