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The 2019 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York, NY, from April 29-May 10, 2019. The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons is the cornerstone of the nonproliferation regime. It entered into force in 1970, and 190 states have subscribed. The basic bargain at the core of the NPT 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 technology.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the NPT being opened for signature, the PrepCom was an opportunity for all NPT Parties to recommit themselves to preserving and expanding those benefits, and to focus on the common interests they all share in the success of the NPT. The head of the U.S. delegation to the NPT Preparatory Committee meeting was Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher Ford.

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U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future