World War II plan to poison Japanese crops revealed

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Poisoning Japanese crops with chemical weapons during World War II was a "worthwhile" and justifiable tactic, according to newly declassified Australian military documents.

The documents also indicate authorities contemplated testing crop-destroying chemical weapons in central Queensland's Proserpine.

The thinking contrasts with Australian policy today - in 1993 Canberra signed a global ban on the use and development of chemical weapons.

The World War II details emerged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Japan's attack of Pearl Harbour, which triggered the US to enter the conflict....

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