Office of the Spokesperson
Secretary of State John Kerry today delivered the U.S. national statement to the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, NPT (via State.gov) attending the Treaty’s ninth Review Conference at the United Nations in New York. He relayed a statement from President Obama on the importance of the NPT and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to all three pillars of the Treaty – disarmament, nonproliferation, and peaceful uses of the atom. With a view to achieving a world without nuclear weapons, the President stressed our continued leadership of efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and reduce the role and number of our own. The Secretary also reiterated the importance of the efforts of the United States, with our P5+1 partners, in coordination with the EU, to achieve a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.
The Secretary announced that the U.S. nuclear stockpile now stands at its lowest level since the Cold War – down to 4,717 active and inactive warheads as of September 30, 2014. An additional 299 warheads have been dismantled since September 30, 2013, with a total of 10,251 warheads dismantled between 1994 and 2014. Approximately 2,500 warheads are awaiting dismantlement. Secretary Kerry announced that President Obama has decided that the United States will seek to accelerate dismantlement of retired U.S. nuclear warheads by 20 percent.
The Secretary announced that the President transmitted the Protocol to the Central Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty to the United States Senate for its advice and consent to ratification.
The Secretary also announced that the United States will make an additional commitment of $50 million over the next five years to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Peaceful Uses Initiative, which the United States helped launch in 2010 to support IAEA projects addressing urgent development needs around the world.
Also on April 27, the United States released its updated national report to the NPT Review Conference describing U.S. efforts to implement certain actions of the 2010 NPT Review Conference Final Document.
The link to the updated U.S. national report is at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/241363.pdf
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