An International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification

August 2, 2016


Seeking the peace and security of a world free of nuclear weapons requires the international community to overcome significant technical challenges. As the President said in his April 2009 Prague speech, it will take patience and persistence.

In order to overcome these challenges, a common understanding of the technical issues associated with nuclear disarmament verification is necessary, and in the interest of all states.

For this reason, the United States, through a public-private partnership with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), has established the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification. The Partnership brings together states possessing nuclear weapons and states that do not under a cooperative framework to further understanding of the complex challenges involved in the verification of nuclear disarmament, and to work to overcome those challenges.

The United States believes that such engagement strengthens the existing work being done toward the goals of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), while furthering the role of non-nuclear weapon states in the challenging work of verification of nuclear disarmament.

The Partnership

The Partners have established three working groups to address specific areas related to future nuclear disarmament verification.

  • Working Group One: “Monitoring and Verification Objectives,” is co-chaired by the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
  • Working Group Two: “On-Site Inspections,” is co-chaired by Australia and Poland.
  • Working Group Three: “Technical Challenges and Solutions,” is co-chaired by Sweden and the United States.

The working groups agreed to initially focus on the dismantlement phase of the nuclear weapons lifecycle, and have developed a scenario involving the dismantlement of a notional nuclear weapon, the related inspection of that dismantlement by a team of experts, and the related technologies that could support such an inspection. This scenario allows the three working groups to coordinate their efforts and develop common understandings of the challenges and potential solutions associated with nuclear disarmament verification.

The Partnership’s work has been informed by similar efforts, such as the U.S.-UK Technical Cooperation Program and the UK-Norway Initiative, and will build on lessons learned from these efforts.

For more information about the Partnership, including the Terms of Reference for the three Working Groups and an online “Monitoring and Verification Resource Collection,” please visit: //2009-2017.state.gov/t/avc/ipndv/

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http://www.nti.org/about/projects/international-partnership-nuclear-disarmament-verification/.