Clinton to Head U.S. Team at NPT Review Conference

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is slated to head the team of officials who will represent the Obama administration at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference that begins Monday at the United Nations in New York (see GSN, April 23).

Clinton is set to address delegates to the conference Monday. Her attendance reaffirms the high priority that the Obama White House has placed on seeing the nonproliferation pact maintained and strengthened, the State Department said in a press release.

Also slated to represent the United States at the conference are U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher, National Nuclear Security Administration chief Thomas D'Agostino and the president's special envoy for nuclear nonproliferation, Susan Burk.

Signatories to the 40-year-old treaty convene every five years to review progress in global efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and to come to consensus on additional measures to improve the pact's effectiveness.

The State Department said Clinton would call for a bolstering the grand bargain which undergirds the treaty: that nuclear powers will move to eliminate their nuclear stockpiles, while non-nuclear states will refrain from acquiring such weapons, and all member states are authorized to conduct peaceful atomic energy efforts (U.S. State Department release, April 27).

April 28, 2010
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is slated to head the team of officials who will represent the Obama administration at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference that begins Monday at the United Nations in New York (see GSN, April 23).