Arms Control

Close of the Eighth Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference in Geneva

For more than four decades, the Biological Weapons Convention has embodied international will against the use of disease as a weapon. No nation claims that biological weapons are legitimate or admits pursuing them, and we are all safer for it. This norm remains strong, as does the U.S. commitment to work with other nations to combat this threat, despite the less than satisfactory outcome of the Convention’s Eighth Review Conference in Geneva last week.

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Special Verification Commission (INF Treaty) Held 30th Session November 15-16 in Geneva

The Thirtieth Session of the Special Verification Commission under the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, November 15-16.

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Acting U/S Countryman: Together We Can Take Decisive Action to Strengthen BWC Implementation

Tom Countryman

This Conference should state unambiguously that use of biological weapons under any circumstance is unacceptable, that allegations of such use should be investigated promptly, and that those responsible for the use of such weapons will be held accountable.

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Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Tom Countryman Travels to Belgium and Switzerland

Acting Under Secretary Countryman will join the U.S. Delegation to the 8th Biological Weapons Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, November 7-10.

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Ambassador Wood: Remarks at UNGA Thematic Discussion on Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

The United States shares the concerns that have been expressed by other UN Member States regarding the threat of chemical and biological terrorism.

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Ambassador Wood: Remarks at U.N. General Assembly First Committee Thematic Discussion on Nuclear Weapons

A treaty banning nuclear weapons will not lead to any further reductions because it will not include the states that possess nuclear weapons.

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Joint Statement on the Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference

The Foreign Ministers look forward to the Eighth Review Conference of the Convention in November this year agreeing on substantive measures that will significantly strengthen the Convention and contribute in a measurable way to reducing the threat of biological agents being used as weapons.

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Transcript of President Obama’s Address to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly


President Obama: “We must reject any forms of fundamentalism, or racism, or a belief in ethnic superiority that makes our traditional identities irreconcilable with modernity.”

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U.S. Opening Statement at the 18th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the CCW

The 18th Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II (Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps, and other Devices) to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects U.S. Delegation Opening […]

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Ambassador Wood’s Statement at CD: US Strongly Condemns North Korea’s Latest Missile Launch


The United States call on the DPRK to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations.

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