What Is the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty?
Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
I’m Adam Scheinman, Special Representative for Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the State Department and head of the U.S. delegation to this year’s Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, Review Conference in New York.
The NPT is central to the President’s nuclear agenda and to global efforts to achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. The NPT has been one of the most successful nuclear treaties in history; if it didn’t exist the world would desperately need it. The NPT strikes a bargain between the few states having nuclear weapons and the many that do not. As the President has said, the bargain is sound. By ending the spread of nuclear weapons – by advancing arms control steps – and by ensuring the peaceful nuclear energy – every nation benefits from the NPT.
Diplomacy takes center stage in New York as we engage with representatives from other NPT parties to strengthen this vital Treaty, which is a cornerstone to our common security.
Our top goal is to ensure the NPT remains a bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons or the expansion of nuclear arsenals.
Find out more about the NPT at //2009-2017.state.gov/t/isn/npt/, or follow me on Twitter @USNPT. Thank you.