On behalf of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, I want to welcome Argentina's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
As the 171st party to the NPT, Argentina's action brings the Treaty one important step closer to universality, a goal which the U.S. has long supported.
In April of this year, all Treaty parties, now including Argentina, will meet in New York to extend the NPT. As you know, the United States is strongly committed to make every effort to secure the indefinite and unconditional extension of the NPT in 1995. We believe this is the outcome that will best ensure international and regional security.
Indefinite extension of the NPT will bind all parties to the NPT to the same lasting commitment not to acquire nuclear weapons that bind Latin countries by virtue of their membership in the Treaty of Tlatelolco.
Mr. Minister, let me thank you and your country for your actions today. Your firm and sustained action in supporting the international nuclear nonproliferation regime is a most important addition to international security.
There is much work to be done in preparing for the 1995 NPT Conference. With your accession today, a significant new member has been added to the NPT community.