The Arms Trade Treaty is the name of a potential multilateral treaty that would regulate the international trade in conventional weapons. The U.S. looks forward to working with our international partners at the upcoming conference from March 18-28 to reach consensus on an Arms Trade Treaty that advances global security and respects national sovereignty and the legitimate arms trade. More»
The United States imposes sanctions under various legal authorities against foreign individuals, private entities, and governments that engage in proliferation activities, including Iran, Syria, and North Korea. More»
The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) comprises legally binding nonproliferation commitments and is the basis for international cooperation on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. The President in Prague on April 5 said that the basic bargain at the core of the Treaty is sound: “countries with nuclear weapons will move towards disarmament; countries without nuclear weapons will not acquire them; and all countries can access peaceful nuclear energy.” More»
Fighting nuclear terrorism is a continuing national security priority. As President Obama said at the National Defense University on December 3, 2012: “There’s still much too much material -— nuclear, chemical, biological -— being stored without enough protection. There are still terrorists and criminal gangs doing everything they can to get their hands on it. And make no mistake, if they get it, they will use it; potentially killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, perhaps triggering a global crisis. That’s why I continue to believe that nuclear terrorism remains one of the greatest threats to global security. That’s why working to prevent nuclear terrorism is going to remain one of my top national security priorities as long as I have the privilege of being President of the United States.” To learn about our programs go to the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (WMDT) and the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR).
Announced by President Obama in 2009, the Nuclear Security Summit was designed to energize, enhance, empower, and elevate the many existing multilateral, cooperative institutions and structures aimed at securing nuclear materials and preventing nuclear smuggling. To date there have been two summits: in Washington in 2010 and Seoul in 2012. More»
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)
Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC)
Advanced Conventional Weapons (ACW)
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