For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 17, 2005
Statement on Progress in Achieving the President's Nonproliferation Proposals
The United States welcomes today's action by the 35 nation
International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Board of Governors to create a
Special Committee on Safeguards and Verification, as proposed by the
President. The creation of this special committee will aid efforts to
counter the proliferation of nuclear weapons and will strengthen the
IAEA's ability to monitor and enforce compliance with the Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty and related agreements.
The creation of this special committee is one of the proposals the
President made in February 2004 to address nuclear proliferation.
Since that time, substantial progress has been made in achieving the
President's other nonproliferation proposals; including:
- Expansion of the Proliferation Security Initiative
to include more nations, and development of new approaches for
interdicting weapons of mass destruction and related material. We
recently commemorated the second anniversary of PSI with
representatives from over 100 nations.
- Adoption of United Nations Security Council
Resolution 1540 on April 28, 2004, that requires all states to
criminalize proliferation by nonstate actors, enact strict export
controls, and secure sensitive materials within their borders.
- Expansion of the G-8 Global Partnership to include
not only the G-8 but thirteen other donor countries. Ukraine has
joined as both a donor and recipient and additional countries are also
- Agreement by the G-8 to limit transfers of
enrichment and reprocessing capabilities while examining options to
permanently restrict these technologies at the Nuclear Suppliers
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