Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th March 2019.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the global accords internationally agreed to prevent nuclear proliferation are reinforced and upheld.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

‚ÄčThe British Government is committed to the long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons and to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as the cornerstone of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. We attach great importance to the implementation of International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and we believe that the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement (CSA) and the Additional Protocol (AP) together represent the current verification standard. We urge all States parties that have not yet done so to bring into force both a CSA and an AP as soon as possible. We regard the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as a crucial agreement that makes the world a safer place by neutralising the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. We continue to promote the universalisation of the NPT, the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the commencement of negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty in the Conference on Disarmament.

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