Office of the Spokesperson
April 30, 2012
The United States will participate in a Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to be held in Vienna, April 30-May 11. This is the first of three PrepCom meetings in the current NPT review cycle, which will culminate in the next Review Conference in 2015. The U.S. interagency delegation will be led by Ambassador Susan Burk, the President’s Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, and will include Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation; Ambassador Laura Kennedy, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva; and Robert Wood, Acting U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna.
The PrepCom will cover all aspects of the NPT, including disarmament, nonproliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It will be the first meeting of the Treaty Parties since the successful 2010 Review Conference, which adopted by consensus a forward-looking agenda that outlines steps to strengthen the Treaty and the international nonproliferation regime.