Arms Control

U.S. Statement at the opening of the BWC PrepCom

The United States shares concerns that have been expressed regarding biological, as well as chemical terrorism, and believes that we should address these concerns in the context of the existing international framework.

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The United States Condemns in the Strongest Terms the Vicious Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the vicious attack today in Kabul that killed dozens of Afghans and wounded many more. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured, and we offer President Ghani whatever assistance he may require as his government investigates and works to bring the murderers to justice.

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Joint Statement by Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Expanded Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL / Daesh

The Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Counter-ISIL (Da’esh) Coalition Small Group, Military Coalition and members that have made major non-military contributions met today in Washington at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to build momentum and accelerate the multi-front campaign to defeat Da’esh in Iraq and Syria.

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Statement by President Obama on the One Year Anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Today marks one year since the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal—known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—by representatives of the United States, Iran, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, and the European Union. Over the last year, the Iran Deal has succeeded in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program, avoiding further conflict and making us safer.

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The Announcement on the Colombia Peace Process is Welcome News to All Who Desire Peace

Secretary Kerry: “I congratulate President Santos and his negotiating partners for this milestone in their ongoing effort to conclude a conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that has plagued their nation for 52 years, the longest running war in our hemisphere.”

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The United States Supports the Full Inclusion of Women in Disarmament

The vital importance of women's participation in disarmament, conflict prevention and peace-building was the focus of a plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations Office at Geneva May 19.  

Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the CD, said the United States believes the participation of women is absolutely essential to international peace and security and to our own national security.  "Wherever you look in the field of international security, American women have made their presence known," Wood said.  "From negotiating a historic agreement with Iran, locking down nuclear material all over the globe, or negotiating cuts in U.S.-Russian strategic nuclear stockpiles, the common thread is that professional women from the United States played an indispensable role." 

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Ambassador Wood: “Including women and their perspectives in our conflict prevention efforts, our efforts to end wars and bring about just and sustainable peace, our efforts to protect civilian populations and hold accountable those that commit war crimes and crimes against humanity, is absolutely essential to international peace and stability, and to U.S. national security.”

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Ambassador Robert Wood’s Statement at the BWC Preparatory Committee Meeting

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The BWC is an important agreement with noble objectives, and it has contributed to international peace and security. Unfortunately, it is also true that the threat of biological weapons remains real.

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Video: International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification – Interviews of the Co-Chairs of the Three Working Group

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In this interview, the co-chairs of the three IPNDV working groups explain the value of the Partnership and the focus of each of the working groups which met in February 2016 in Geneva.

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Statement by President Obama on Progress in the Fight Against ISIL

Today, on the ground in Syria and in Iraq, ISIL is on the defensive. Our 66-member coalition, including Arab partners, is on the offensive. We have momentum, and we intend to keep that momentum.

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U.S. Delegation Statement on “LAWS and Human Rights/Ethics”

The United States recognizes that it is important that the CCW discussions take up the moral or ethical issues related to the use of autonomous capabilities in weapon systems. However, we must be very clear in distinguishing between what constitute ethical considerations on the one hand and legal requirements on the other.

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