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Office of Multilateral and Nuclear Affairs (AVC/MNA)


Mission Statement

The Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) Bureau’s Multilateral and Nuclear Affairs (MNA) Office leads efforts to promote the vision of a safe, secure world without nuclear weapons through the development, negotiation, and implementation of policies relating to bilateral and multinational nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements and commitments. In particular, MNA coordinates U.S. policy on arms control, verification, and compliance issues and provides direct policy guidance and support to the U.S. Delegations to multilateral organizations established to negotiate such agreements and commitments, such as the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) of the UN General Assembly (UNFC) in New York, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom) in Vienna, and the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC). It also leads bilateral and multilateral consultations on matters within the purview of these bodies, including with the European Union’s Committee on Disarmament in the UN (CODUN), and other regional organizations.

The MNA Office interacts with experts from relevant USG agencies, including the Intelligence Community, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense, to achieve its mission in the following areas:

  • lead Department of State efforts to obtain U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and its subsequent entry into force;
     
  • lead U.S. engagement in bilateral and multilateral implementation of nuclear arms control/disarmament-associated agreements and arrangements;
     
  • manage U.S. engagement in relevant international and multilateral arms control/disarmament discussion and negotiation of agreements, [including those outside the specific purview of other AVC Offices];
     
  • lead the development of U.S. policy on a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (and on a moratorium on fissile material production for use in nuclear weapons) and negotiation of an agreement in this area;
     
  • assess the adequacy of monitoring and verifications resources in prospective and existing nuclear arms control/disarmament agreements and commitments; promote the identification, development, and implementation of verification technologies;
     
  • lead U.S. assessments of international compliance with specific global/multilateral nuclear-related arms control and disarmament agreements, as well as the development of diplomatic approaches and negotiations to resolve U.S. concerns regarding compliance; and
     
  • promote measures to enforce compliance, encourage transparency and confidence-building, and implement consequences for violation of international agreements.

 



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