Twenty-five years ago today, the United States and its then-G-7 partners (Canada, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) announced the formation of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) to restrict transfers of missiles and related technologies. Since 1987, 27 additional countries have joined the MTCR and many other countries have adopted export controls consistent with MTCR standards.
The United States salutes the MTCR as an outstanding example of international nonproliferation cooperation, which has contributed significantly to global peace and security. The MTCR has made it more difficult, time-consuming, and costly for proliferators to produce or acquire WMD-capable missiles than otherwise would be the case. And the MTCR has helped reduce the reliability and effectiveness of the missile systems proliferators are still able to obtain.
However, the ongoing missile development programs and proliferation activities of Iran, North Korea, and Syria are a clear reminder that much work remains to be done. The United States looks forward to continued close cooperation with the other members of the MTCR -- and with a broad array of non-member states -- to further promote missile nonproliferation and global security.
For further information, visit the Nonproliferation Regimes page: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/c18880.htm