National Nuclear Security Administration

US and UK release joint report on nuclear arms control verification

May 12, 2015

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At a May 11 side event held in conjunction with the 2015 Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non- Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the United States and the United Kingdom shared lessons learned from 15 years of cooperative technical work on nuclear arms control verification. Michele Smith of the NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, and Attila Burjan of the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment presented and formally released the Joint U.S.-U.K. Report on Technical Cooperation for Arms Control. The report documents collaboration that took place from 2000 to 2015 between the two countries on technologies and methodologies for monitoring and verification of potential future nuclear weapons arms control initiatives. The collaboration—which was motivated by a shared US - UK commitment to Article VI of the NPT—has been essential for developing and exercising innovative verification approaches, particularly in the area of developing and evaluating capabilities to confirm dismantlement of nuclear warheads. The report and presentation in New York provide insight that will benefit other States that have a shared interest in nuclear weapons arms control verification.

A copy of the final document is available here.