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White House prioritizes strengthening nuclear nonproliferation treaty

The White House expressed its desire to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty during the first preparatory committee for the eleventh conference of the nonproliferation treaty (NPT).

“Our top priority for the preparatory committee and this review cycle will be to preserve and strengthen this critical treaty, not in spite of the challenges we face, but because of them,”’ State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.

The committee’s first meeting is scheduled to take place Monday through August 11 in Vienna, ahead of the 11th conference of states.

“The United States continues to work in good faith to make progress on all aspects of the treaty and to include the Article VI obligation to conduct negotiations in good faith on effective measures related to nuclear disarmament,” spokesman Miller said.

In addition, the spokesman also commented that among the U.S. requests is “full compliance with NPT nonproliferation safeguards and that they raise standards wherever possible and condemn violations where they occur.”

Spokesman Matthew Miller also said that the challenges at present are a reminder of the need for the treaty.

Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s nuclear power facilities raises serious nuclear security concerns and undermines Ukraine’s right under the NPT to access peaceful uses of nuclear energy. China’s rapid and opaque expansion of nuclear weapons continues unabated and questions remain about Iran’s nuclear program and safeguards compliance,” he stressed.

The spokesman also expressed concern that, “20 years after announcing its withdrawal from the NPT, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to develop its nuclear arsenal and engage in threatening rhetoric regarding its use.”

NPT is one of the most widely adhered to treaties by states, with the objective of nuclear non-proliferation, peaceful use of nuclear energy, and disarmament.

It began in 1968 and entered into force on March 5, 1970, whereas in May 1995, it was extended indefinitely.

With information from EFE

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