Ambassador Susan Burk is the Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation and is serving as the head of the negotiating team for the U.S. delegation to the 2010 NPT Review Conference.
We have finished our first week here in New York at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, and what a week it has been. Secretary Clinton led the delegation on Monday, meeting with delegations and giving our opening statement, where she made clear that the United States is entering the Review Conference prepared to address challenges to the Treaty and to strengthen it in all of its three pillars: nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The Secretary's announcements of U.S. initiatives on nuclear stockpile transparency,
nuclear weapon free zones and peaceful uses of nuclear energy were particularly well received.
While we are in the very early stages of this Review Conference, we see signs that cooperation and progress are possible.
For example, on Wednesday, the P-5 (U.S., Russia, China, France, UK), released a joint statement highlighting our shared commitment to the NPT and some of our goals for the RevCon. In particular, we reiterated our continued support for our NPT disarmament commitments and outlined the steps we have taken to fulfill those commitments.
Additionally, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Michael Nacht, and National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Thomas D'Agostino hosted a well-attended event for other delegations and the public to describe U.S. efforts on disarmament. This was an opportunity for us to demonstrate our transparency and our commitment to our disarmament obligations under the NPT.
Yesterday, the opening statements portion of the conference concluded and we are now focusing on starting the substantive discussions in the three Main Committees of the Review Conference and their subsidiary bodies. One early good sign: participants are voting and agreeing on procedural issues without the controversy and delay that has affected past reviews, meaning we can get right to work on the important issues facing the nonproliferation regime.
This is a broad and complex negotiation, but the United States has a strong and capable team working very hard to strengthen the NPT, and we are looking forward to continuing this hard work to maintain the momentum over the rest of the month.