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Conclusion of the 2012 NPT Preparatory Committee Meeting via United States Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna

The United States was pleased to participate in the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) held in Vienna, April 30 – May 11.  The U.S. interagency delegation was led by Ambassador Susan Burk, the President’s Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, and included Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation; Ambassador Laura Kennedy, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva; and Robert Wood, Acting U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna.

The PrepCom provided the opportunity for a valuable, substantive exchange of views on all aspects of the NPT, including disarmament, nonproliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.  National and group presentations illuminated the actions that many nations have taken to follow up on the 2010 NPT Review Conference, to implement the 2010 NPT Action Plan, and to establish priorities for the 2015 Review Conference.  Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller co-chaired a joint panel on U.S.-Russian implementation of the New START Treaty, and Ambassador Burk moderated a discussion of technical cooperation and assistance available to NPT Parties in implementing IAEA safeguards agreements.

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