Fissile Materials Cut-Off Treaty

Since the signing of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPTi), a significant issue for the disarmament and arms control community has been the continued production of fissile materials - the fuel for nuclear weapons. Many states have long been calling for a ban on the production of fissile materials.

In December 1993, the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution recommending the negotiation of a non-discriminatory, multilateral, and internationally and effectively verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices - which became known as a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCTi).

This treaty is still in negotiation and has not yet opened for signing or ratification, though there is a growing political will to advance the ideai in negotiations at the United Nations and Conference on Disarmament.

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