From the White House Blog: President Obama Pushes for Nonproliferation
"We simply cannot allow the 21st century to be darkened by the worst weapons of the 20th century," he said. "And that’s why, over the past four years, we’ve continued to make critical investments in our threat reduction programs -— not just at DOD, but at Energy and at State. In fact, we’ve been increasing funding, and sustaining it. And even as we make some very tough fiscal choices, we’re going to keep investing in these programs —- because our national security depends on it."

From the White House Blog: President Obama Pushes for Nonproliferation

"We simply cannot allow the 21st century to be darkened by the worst weapons of the 20th century," he said. "And that’s why, over the past four years, we’ve continued to make critical investments in our threat reduction programs -— not just at DOD, but at Energy and at State. In fact, we’ve been increasing funding, and sustaining it. And even as we make some very tough fiscal choices, we’re going to keep investing in these programs —- because our national security depends on it."

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs addressed the United Nations Association’s Annual Conference at the US Department of State on June 11, 2012. Full Text

The IAEA Director General's report makes clear that Iran continues to deny the Agency the full cooperation necessary

The IAEA Director General’s report makes clear that Iran continues to deny the Agency the full cooperation necessary

"We have taken note of the recent dialogue between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran, and look forward to learning further details as that dialogue continues. While we appreciate the efforts by Director General Amano to conclude a substantive agreement, we remain concerned by the urgent obligation for Iran to take concrete steps to cooperate fully with the verification efforts of the IAEA, based on IAEA verification practices. We urge Iran to take this opportunity to resolve all outstanding concerns about the nature of its nuclear program. Full and transparent cooperation with the IAEA is the first logical step."
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Robert A. Wood, Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, and Acting U.S. Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria. May 22, 2012

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton spoke to the Press following the London Conference. See excerpts from her remarks below:

"Today’s conference coincided with the halfway point of the roadmap to end the transition in Somalia, which spells out the steps for building a stable government after decades of erratic rule. On August 20th of 2012, the Transitional Federal Government’s mandate expires, and the international community has been clear that we do not support another extension. It is time to move forward to a more stable and unified era for the Somali people.”

"I announced the United States is providing an additional $64 million in humanitarian assistance to the Horn of Africa, bringing our total emergency assistance, since 2011, up to more than $934 million, including more than 211 million for Somalia alone. And looking ahead, as the security and political situation improves in Somalia, the United States will consider a more permanent, diplomatic presence there."

"Today, I had a chance to meet with a number of key partners and allies in preparation for tomorrow’s Friends of Syria conference in Tunis. This meeting comes on the heels of the overwhelming vote in the UN General Assembly, which condemned the Assad regime’s widespread and systematic violations of human rights and backed the Arab League’s plan for a negotiated, peaceful, political transition to solve this crisis.

Tunis will be an important opportunity to begin turning international consensus into action. We look forward to concrete progress on three fronts: providing humanitarian relief, increasing pressure on the regime, and preparing for a democratic transition. To that end, we hope to see new pledges of emergency assistance for Syrians caught in Assad’s stranglehold and international coordination and diplomatic pressure on Damascus to convince it to allow humanitarian aid to those who need it most. We also expect additional nations to impose effective sanctions against the regime, and we look to all countries to aggressively implement the measures they have already adopted.”

"Next, Pakistan. Foreign Minister Khar and I had a constructive discussion of our common concerns, from confronting violent extremism, to supporting Afghan-led reconciliation, to improving our bilateral relationship. Building and sustaining a relationship based on mutual interest and mutual respect takes constant care and work from both sides, from the daily engagements of our embassies to high-level meetings like the one we had today. Now, I am sure we will continue to have our ups and downs, but this relationship is simply too important to turn our back on it for both nations. And we both, therefore, remain committed to continue working to improve understanding and cooperation."

Revitalizing Arms Control Through Multilateral Engagement

Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller discusses missile defense, and the START and Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) treaties in Bucharest, Romania, in December 2011. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

By Rich Davis, Director for the Office of Euro-Atlantic Security in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

In what is to be her last visit to Europe in 2011, Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, visited Brussels, London, Sofia, Bucharest, and Chisinau. She engaged in a Verification Dialogue with the European Union in Brussels, and in a speech delivered at Wilton Park in England, she outlined the efforts the United States has made toward commencing Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty negotiations. She also held constructive conversations reaffirming our commitment to revitalizing conventional arms control in Europe with her counterparts in Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldova.

When working together on many issues of mutual interest, incnoluding pursuing beneficial agreements on top priorities like nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, we can provide a better foundation for further cooperation and dialogue across a broad range of issues. Assistant Secretary Gottemoeller was joined by Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Tom Countryman in Brussels, where they participated in the U.S.-EU Verification Dialogue and discussed the way ahead in arms control and nonproliferation challenges. Full Text

Security Council Briefing on Iran and Resolution 1737

 

Today, the UN Security Council met to discuss steps forward on existing Iran sanctions. Ambassador Susan Rice said, "…sanctions are only a means to an end. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that Iran enters into full compliance with all its international nuclear obligations and takes the steps necessary to resolve outstanding questions. In the face of Iran’s deception and intransigence, the international community must speak with one voice, making clear that Iranian actions jeopardize international peace and security and will only further isolate the regime.

President Obama has been unequivocal with respect to our policy toward the Iranian nuclear program. As he has said, “There should be no doubt, the United States and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.” Iran’s illicit nuclear activity – and the threat it poses to regional stability and the rules underpinning the nuclear non-proliferation regime – is one of the greatest global challenges we face.” Full Text

IAEA Director General Amano is one of Time Magazine’s “People Who Mattered” in 2011

Yukio Amano

                               

A mild-mannered 64-year-old Japanese career diplomat, Yukio Amano managed to spark a wide range of emotions in power centers around the globe: warm smiles in Washington, Paris and London, a torrent of vitriol in Tehran, and ruffled feathers in Moscow and Beijing. That’s because, barely a year into his new job as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Amano turned up the heat on Iran with a report for the first time giving his U.N. body’s imprimatur to the accusation that Iran may have done research work on nuclear weapons.That report has prompted Western powers to ratchet up sanctions, although Russia, China and other skeptics have not followed suit. And as tension rises, Amano could find himself at the center of the storm in 2012. (Source: Time.com)

"It has been a privilege to serve President Obama as his first Ambassador to International Organizations in Vienna, particularly because of the great importance his administration has placed on nuclear nonproliferation. Since the President boldly declared in Prague in April of 2009 that he would work tirelessly toward a world without nuclear weapons, the United States has made great strides toward this goal. It has been an honor for me to play a part in that progress."
- Bidding Farwell, from the Official Blog of Ambassador Glyn Davies (Full Text)
"Iran has the choice to remain isolated outside the norms of the international community, or to take a new path that would bring Iran back into the community of nations as a member in good standing with its obligations. Full transparency and cooperation with the IAEA would be a solid first step. We urge Iran to take that step without delay."
- Ambassador Glyn Davies, U.S. Statement on Iran at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
"The complete and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula remains an essential objective for safeguarding peace and security in the region and preserving the integrity of the global nonproliferation regime."
- Ambassador Davies to the IAEA Goard of Governors

Nuclear Test Inspection Exercise Approved

In October a meeting of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) took place in Vienna, Austria. States who signed the treaty decided to provide funding for a CTBTO field exercise which will take place in 2014. This video provides some impressions from the meeting, some footage from the CTBTO monitoring system and past field exercise, and features a short interview with the U.S. Mission’s Arms Control Counselor.

From the Manhattan Project to the Cloud: Arms Control in the Information Age

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller delivered the Sidney Drell Lecture at Stanford University on October 27, 2011.

Ambassador Davies: Progress at the IAEA

US Ambassador to International Organizations in Vienna Glyn Davies Davies’ latest blog entry offers a recap of the progress made during the IAEA’s recent General Conference in Vienna.

Effective Approaches for U.S. Participation in a More Secure Global Nuclear Market

Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, delivered remarks to Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Nuclear Initiative Conference at the Columbus Club at Union Station, Washington D.C., October 3, 2011  

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