Arms Control

U.S. Intervention at the Meeting of High Contracting Parties to CCW Protocol V on Explosive Remants of War

Mr. President, the United States has been a strong and steadfast supporter of international efforts to eradicate explosive remnants of war.

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CCW GGE Meeting on LAWS: U.S. Statement on the Way Forward

We support continued discussion of LAWS within the CCW and would support a continuation of the current GGE mandate next year.

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U.S. Statement at CCW GGE Meeting: Intervention on Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment over the Use of Force

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) Intervention on Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment over the Use of Force delivered by John Cherry Geneva, November 15, 2016 Mr. Chair: We thank you for the “food for thought” paper that you circulated prior to this GGE […]

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U.S. Opening Statement at CCW Meeting of Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

The United States places great importance on the weapon review process in the development and acquisition of new weapon systems.

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Joint Statement on Syria Chemical Weapons by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 

The Syrian regime violated international law, including the Chemical Weapons Convention. We condemn this heinous act and demand that the Syrian regime immediately cease any and all use of chemical weapons and finally declare to the OPCW all chemical weapons that it possesses.

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Remarks by President Trump to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in Seoul

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President Trump: “Together, we dream of a Korea that is free, a peninsula that is safe, and families that are reunited once again. We dream of highways connecting North and South, of cousins embracing cousins, and this nuclear nightmare replaced with the beautiful promise of peace.”

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EOV in the First Committee on Resolution L.9: “Prohibition of the Development and Manufacture of New Types of Weapons of Mass Destruction and New Systems of Such Weapons: Report of the Conference on Disarmament”

The United States believes the international community should focus on the very real problem of the proliferation of known weapons of mass destruction, both by states that willfully violate their commitments to treaties and by non-state actors.

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EOV in the First Committee on Resolution L.33: Convening of the Fourth Special Session of the General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament

Mr. Chairman, the United States abstained on L.33, “Convening of the fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament,” or SSOD IV.

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EOV in the First Committee on Resolution L.45: Follow-up to the 2013 High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament

We believe that nuclear proliferation and non-compliance by a few States with their respective nonproliferation obligations, as well as nuclear terrorism and the deterioration of the international security environment constitute serious threats to international peace and security.

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