Documents prepared for the 1998 Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference

April 23, 1998

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

In 1995, the States-parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) indefinitely extended the treaty. As part of this decision, the States-parties also adopted a “strengthened review process” to evalaute the treaty’s success.

Since the indefinite extension, the States-parties have held three Preparatory Committee (Prepcom) meetings to prepare for the first full NPT Review Conference, which is to be held in April-May, 2000 at the United Nations in New York.

The following documents were prepared by ISIS for distribution to delegates to the 1998 NPT Prepcom, the second such Prepcom following the indefinite extension decision. The intent of the documents was to provide delegates with proposed language to be added to the 1997 Chairman’s Working Paper. ISIS evaluated the Working Paper and identified gaps in the proposals contained therein. The purpose of ISIS’s effort was to ensure that delegates considered a full range of proposals at the Prepcom.

Many of the proposals in these documents are still relevant today.

Complete listing of ISIS’s proposals on all subjects

ISIS’s proposals to expand fissile material controls

ISIS’s nuclear disarmament proposals

ISIS’s proposals on the Middle East

Additional Material

Irreversibility, the Cut-off Treaty and Fissile Material Stocks – Presentation given by William Walker, St. Andrews University, UK, at an ISIS workshop held during the 1998 NPT Prepcom, Palais des Nations, Geneva, April 27, 1998

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