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Of, relating to, or calling for an end to the acquisition of nuclear weapons by additional nations: a nonproliferation treaty.


1. (Military)
a. limitation of the production or spread of something, esp nuclear or chemical weapons
b. (as modifier): a nonproliferation treaty.
2. failure or refusal to proliferate


(ˌnɒn prəˌlɪf əˈreɪ ʃən)

1. the action or practice of curbing proliferation, esp. of nuclear weapons.
2. of or pertaining to nonproliferation.


Those actions (e.g., diplomacy, arms control, multilateral agreements, threat reduction assistance, and export controls) taken to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by dissuading or impeding access to, or distribution of, sensitive technologies, material, and expertise. Also called NP. See also counterproliferation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonproliferation - the prevention of something increasing or spreading (especially the prevention of an increase in the number of countries possessing nuclear weapons); "they protested that the nonproliferation treaty was just a plot to maintain the hegemony of those who already had nuclear weapons"; "nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation are closely related goals"
prevention, bar - the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
proliferation - a rapid increase in number (especially a rapid increase in the number of deadly weapons); "the proliferation of nuclear weapons"
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All participants at Moscow Nonproliferation Conference emphasized that the nuclear deal had to be preserved and fully implemented," he added.
The purpose of the meeting, which occurs every five years, is to recommit nations to the treaty's three pillars: disarmament, nonproliferation and the peaceful use of civil nuclear energy, Clinton told a news conference.
Entitled ''the change in government and nuclear policy,'' the latest White Paper on Nuclear Energy calls for building new nuclear power plants in Japan, improving the performance of existing plants and exporting Japanese plants and technologies, as well as Tokyo's contributions to nuclear nonproliferation.
Parties to the treaty believe May's RevCon should take a balanced approach to the treaty's three fundamental and mutually reinforcing pillars: disarmament, nonproliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
The Security Council summit adopted a resolution to-stop the spread of nuclear weapons, calling for tighter, controls on nuclear materials and encouraging the enforcement of international treaties dealing with nuclear nonproliferation.
The six-page final draft says the 1970 NPT is a cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime and pledges to promote nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.
While ultimately unsuccessful, recent action at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) saw at least some brave attempts to preserve a core nuclear nonproliferation principle - namely, that civilian nuclear cooperation is to be reserved for states that honour the global norm against nuclear weapons and adhere to full-scope safeguards (i.
Because Iran falsified earlier nuclear declarations and reneged on previous nonproliferation pledges, the United States and its partners are developing a strategy to increase pressure on the regime.
Supporters argued it acknowledged reality and India's exemplary efforts to guard against nuclear proliferation; critics counter that it undermined nonproliferation and encouraged other countries to copy India.
Drawing on activities begun early in the first term, President Bush and then Prime Minister Vajpayee announced the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership (NSSP): a major initiative to expand high technology, missile defense, space and civilian nuclear cooperation while strengthening our nonproliferation goals.
Since 1992, the Congress has provided more than $7 billion for threat reduction and nonproliferation programs in the former Soviet Union (FSU).
Talbott's task was to persuade India to agree to four nonproliferation benchmarks, including the endorsement of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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