Annan marks 10th anniversary of Mongolia's declaration of nuclear-weapon-free status

On the tenth anniversary of Mongolia declaring its territory a nuclear-weapon-free zone, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today commended the country for taking steps to define and regulate that status.

UN official voices optimism Central Asia could become nuclear-weapon-free zone

The top United Nations disarmament official today said he was optimistic that five Central Asian countries could agree to a treaty banning nuclear weapons from the region.

IAEA says States lack controls over radioactive sources needed to build 'dirty bombs'

The radioactive materials needed to build a "dirty bomb" can be found in almost any country in the world, and more than 100 may have inadequate controls to prevent or even detect the theft of these materials, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.

Annan welcomes signing of US-Russia nuclear weapons treaty

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the signing in Moscow by the leaders of the United States and the Russian Federation of a treaty on the reduction of deployed nuclear arms.

Panel preparing for review of key arms non-proliferation treaty concludes first session

A committee preparing for a 2005 conference to review a key nuclear arms non-proliferation accord completed its first session today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN's top disarmament official 'alarmed' over reports of new US nuclear posture

Reacting with alarm to press reports of a reassessment by the Pentagon of the United States stance on the development and possible use of nuclear weapons, the senior United Nations disarmament official has warned that Washington's posture could deal a serious blow to global non-proliferation efforts.