Today, the United States celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and applauds its many milestones over the years in making the world a safer and more prosperous place. President Trump issued a statement today highlighting the success of the U.S. commitment to the NPT.
The United States, together with other depository states, the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation, hosted an afternoon of NPT panel discussions at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark this celebration. One of the highlights of this event was the release by the three depository states of numerous previously classified historical documents from the negotiation of the NPT. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher Ford led the U.S. participation with former Senator Sam Nunn, a champion of nuclear nonproliferation, delivering the opening remarks.
The 2020 Review Conference will take place April 27-May 22 in New York, and is an opportunity to recall the benefits of the NPT to the State Parties, to reaffirm commitments to the Treaty, and to rededicate efforts to preserve and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime for future generations.
The United States encourages all NPT Parties to continue to focus on our common interests in the treaty, while making clear that the benefits of the treaty flow from the effectiveness of the nonproliferation regime. This includes helping create an environment for nuclear disarmament and for peaceful nuclear cooperation.