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International Conventions and Legal Agreements


Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)


Background

The NPT aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to foster the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of disarmament. The Treaty establishes a safeguards system under the responsibility of the IAEA, which also plays a central role under the Treaty in areas of technology transfer for peaceful purposes.

For additional information, see document INFCIRC/140.

For more information, see In Focus: IAEA and NPT

Membership

Date of adoption: 12 June 1968
Place of adoption: United Nations, New York
Date of entry into force: 5 March 1970
Depositary Governments: Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States

Responsible/Contact: Division of Public Information | Last update: 17 November 2009