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Panama hopes U.S. will clean up chemical weapons

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SAN JOSE ISLAND, Panama — Even as the United States presses for the rapid destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, a dispute lingers over unexploded chemical munitions that U.S. soldiers left on a Panamanian island more than 60 years ago.

Panama has pressed the United States for decades to remove them, and now it’s optimistic that the Obama administration has agreed.

The World War II-era chemical munitions are known to include phosgene and mustard gas, and may include other toxic…

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