The United States welcomes the French announcement that they will host a P-5 Conference in Paris early next spring. We fully support this conference and efforts to encourage transparency and cooperation.
This conference is an opportunity for the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (United States, China, Russia, United Kingdom, and France) to discuss a number of important issues including nuclear weapons policies and arms control. The meeting will be a constructive step in the process of P-5 engagement laid out at the 2010 NPT Review Conference.
Last year’s P-5 Conference on Verification and Transparency, held in London, provided a unique and important forum for our countries to discuss a wide range of nuclear issues. All parties agreed that it was a very successful conference and we are pleased that the Paris conference will offer an opportunity to build upon the positive results of the London conference. We look forward to working closely with our P-5 counterparts to develop a work plan to further our collective efforts in an area of profound interest to the international community.