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This afternoon, NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz participated in the centerpiece side event for the U.S. Government during the ongoing Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that takes place every 5 years and currently is taking place at the United Nations in New York. Accompanied by Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller and Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Scher, Administrator Klotz delivered remarks to an audience comprised of government and non-governmental organization representatives that focused on ongoing U.S. efforts in support of nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Administrator Klotz provided detailed information on NNSA efforts to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile, and reduce the nuclear weapons complex footprint at the same time as right-sizing and modernizing the remaining infrastructure. He highlighted NNSA's commitment to transparency, the successful completion of the HEU Purchase Agreement, and ongoing work on technologies needed to verify nuclear arms disarmament. His discussion wrapped up with an outline of the support NNSA provides to the advancement of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy around the world.
In a question and answer session, Administrator Klotz and his colleagues responded to several questions pertaining to nuclear deterrence, operational readiness, clarifications of the Nuclear Posture Review (meaning of "safe, secure, and effective") and regional security issues.