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U.S. to Report on Status of its Nuclear Nonproliferation Pledges
The United States is getting set to discuss its progress in meeting steps called for at a 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
A U.S. delegation to the 2014 Preparatory Committee -- being held this week in New York in advance of next year's treaty Review Conference -- will "release a comprehensive national report on steps taken to implement" the action plan agreed to by the accord's 189 member states at the last major conference, the U.S. State Department announced in a Sunday press release.
Some 64 action items were agreed to at the 2010 Review Conference on a range of issues related to nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament and peaceful uses of atomic energy. One of the most high-profile commitments from the conference was an agreement to work to hold a major gathering of nations in 2012 "on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction." That confab has yet to take place, though Israel, Iran and Arab countries have held preliminary discussions on the matter.
Another action item encouraged all nuclear weapon-possessor states to pledge that they would never use their atomic arms against NPT member countries without similar arsenals of their own.
The so-called "PrepCom" meeting began on Monday in New York City and will last until May 9. The U.S. delegation is headed by Thomas Countryman, the assistant secretary of State for international security and nonproliferation. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller will deliver an opening statement.
The United States also plans to provide the meeting with an update on the quantity of nuclear arms it possesses.
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