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Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)

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This treaty is the basis of international cooperation on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons by promoting disarmament, nonproliferation, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) is the only multilateral treaty with the goal of creating a binding commitment of disarmament by nuclear-weapon states. NPT seeks to promote cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear technology and prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. More states have ratified the NPT than any other treaty on arms limitation and disarmament. Every five years, the Treaty’s operations are reviewed. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies compliance with the Treaty.

Opened for Signature: 1 July 1968

Entry into force: 5 March 1970

Official Text: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/npt/text

Status and Signatories: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/npt

ACA Backgrounder: https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/nptfact

Posted: July 1, 1968

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