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"[Arms Control Today] has become indispensable! I think it is the combination of the critical period we are in and the quality of the product. I found myself reading the May issue from cover to cover."

– Frank von Hippel
Co-Director of Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University
International Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (ICOC)
 

The International Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (ICOC), now known as the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC), is a political initiative aimed at globally curbing ballistic missile proliferation. The Code is only an agreement between states on how they should conduct trade; it does not call for the destruction of missiles. States must restrain development, testing, and deployment of ballistic missiles capable of mass destruction, and enforce efforts in nonproliferation of these missiles. There are no legal obligations or inspection systems, but instead broad principles with which states are encouraged comply. The Code supplements the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which seeks to limit the risks of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Opened for Signature: 2002

Entry into force: 25 November 2002

Official Text: http://www.hcoc.at/?tab=what_is_hcoc&page=text_of_the_hcoc

Status and Signatories: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/trty/101466.htm

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