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Taiwan Quick Take: Old ordnance on the way out

The military will finish destroying supplies of outdated ammunition in six months and finish disposing of outdated warheads next year to reduce the risk of explosions at depots, Minister of National Defense Lee Jye (李傑) said yesterday. The disposal of old ammunition on outlying islands is expected to be complete by July, he said. Lee made the remarks while reporting to the Legislative Yuan's National Defense Committee on an explosion last Wednesday at an ammunition depot in Sijhih in Taipei County that killed two people and injured 10. He said the military had continued to destroy outdated ammunition, including a large quantity that was produced decades ago. He said that 26,000 tonnes of outdated ordnance will have been destroyed by July next year. The military will also relocate ammunition depots to underground facilities and present a report during the next legislative session, he said. Lee said he would resign if there were any more accidents of this nature.

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