What Is the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty?

Ambassador Adam Scheinman
Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
Washington, DC
April 1, 2015

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.