"A challenge we have is to keep this inexorable march of technology from giving terrorists and potentially hostile nations the means to undermine our defenses. We must meet this threat by making effective agreements to restrain nuclear and missile programs in North Korea... increasing our preparedness against chemical and biological attack... and developing a system to defend against new missile threats -- while working to preserve our ABM missile treaty with Russia. We must do all these things."

President Clinton
State of the Union Address
January 27,1999

President Clinton has led an aggressive effort to reduce the threat to Americans from weapons of mass destruction. Over the past eight years, the Administration has made unprecedented progress in curbing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles that deliver them, in reducing the dangerous legacy of Cold War weapons' stockpiles and in promoting responsible conventional arms transfer policies.


Nuclear Weapons

Chemical and Biological Weapons

Conventional Weapons and Missiles

Regional Security


November 2000

China concludes missile nonproliferation agreement with the United States.

Spring 2000

The United States concludes Biological Material Protection, Control and Accounting (BMPC&A) agreements with Obolensk and other former Soviet biological weapons facilities.

May 1999

The United States and Uzbekistan sign an agreement to dismantle the former Soviet chemical weapons production facility at Nukus, Uzbekistan.

January 1999

President Clinton announces Expanded Threat Reduction Program aimed at redirecting former Soviet Weapons of Mass Destruction scientists and facilities.

January 1998

President Clinton announces a major U.S. initiative to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention.

January 1998

The United States and Russia sign agreement for the dismantlement and conversion of former Soviet chemical weapons production facilities at Volgograd and (in January 1999) Novecheboksary.

November 1997

The United States concludes nonproliferation agreement with former Soviet biological weapons R&D facility at Vector; begins to expand nonproliferation cooperation with other former Soviet BW facilities.

April 25, 1997

The United States ratifies Chemical Weapons Convention.

April 23, 1997

President Clinton hosts veterans and military leaders at a White House event on Chemical Weapons Convention ratification.

April 18, 1997

President Clinton calls for ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

April 16, 1997

President Clinton calls for Chemical Weapons Convention ratification in meeting with bipartisan group of Senators.

April 4, 1997

President Clinton hosts a bipartisan event on the South Lawn to help build support for Chemical Weapons Convention ratification.

March 1997

Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin sign Joint Statement on ratification and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

January 1997

President Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Lott agree to establish a process to address Republican Caucus concerns about the Chemical Weapons Convention.

June 1996

The United States and Kazakhstan agree to cooperate in dismantling the world’s largest anthrax production facility, in Stepnogorsk, Kazakhstan.

May 1996

The United States agrees to design and build Russia’s first nerve agent destruction facility, in Shchuch’ye, Russia.

November 23, 1993

President Clinton submits the Chemical Weapons Convention to the Senate for advice and consent to ratification.


"Statement by the President on the 75th Anniversary of the Geneva Protocol," June 17, 2000.

"The Biological Weapons Convention," January 27, 1998.

"Remarks by the President After the Vote on Ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention," April 24, 1997.

"Remarks by the President on the Chemical Weapons Convention," April 23, 1997.

"Remarks by President at Chemical Weapons Convention Event," April 4, 1997.

"Joint US-Russian Statement on Chemical Weapons," March 21, 1997.


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