25th Anniversary of key nuclear non-proliferation agreement

  • Joint media release with:
  • The Hon Tim Watts MP, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs

Under the Albanese Government, Australia is redoubling its efforts to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime. This includes working with the international community to curb the spread of nuclear weapons, reducing stockpiles of weapons and promoting the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear science and technology.

The urgent need for progress on nuclear disarmament is underscored by Russia's weak and desperate nuclear threats over its unprovoked, immoral war on Ukraine and North Korea's ongoing development of nuclear weapons.

This month marks 25 years since Australia became the first country to bring into force the Additional Protocol (AP) to its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Additional Protocol provides the highest assurances of adherence to our nuclear non-proliferation obligations. It is also integral to Australia's uranium export policy as a condition of supply.

Australia has been an active international advocate for the Additional Protocol, which has now been ratified by 140 states. Additional protocol for verification of nuclear safeguards | IAEA

Australia provides a leading example for the international community on safeguarding nuclear material through the Additional Protocol and its close partnership with the IAEA.

We are continuing to strengthen the international non-proliferation regime, including through the Australian Safeguards Support Program.

The Albanese Government will uphold the Labor Party's proud history of championing practical disarmament efforts, its commitment to high non-proliferation standards and its enduring dedication to a world without nuclear weapons.

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