NNSA hosts meeting with non-nuclear countries

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) hosted a two-day meeting in March with representatives from 11 non-nuclear weapon countries to increase U.S. transparency and mutual trust on nuclear issues.

The meeting's attendees included representatives from countries that are parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons  and one representative from the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. The meeting was hosted by Ambassador Adam Scheinman, U.S. special representative of the president for nuclear nonproliferation, and Don Cook, deputy administrator for defense programs.

The group visited Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories facilities where they saw R&D demonstrations about U.S. efforts to meet future nuclear arms control monitoring and verification requirements.

The NNSA laboratories gave an overview of the work needed to maintain a smaller stockpile of nuclear weapons in a non-explosive testing environment through science-based stewardship. They also showed the steps taken to increase confidence in the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, and ultimately allow for future reductions.

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