- 1963-1968 (Creation)
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The NPT was hailed as a landmark treaty, offering a solution to a complicated set of problems facing the world at the time. Prior to the NPT, more than 20 countries were actively seeking nuclear weapons. The NPT created a legal framework defining nuclear weapon possessor and non-possessor states, and providing the context for their cooperation on all three pillars.
The Treaty is founded on three pillars: non-proliferation; disarmament; and peaceful use of nuclear weapons. Many of the records focus on US-USSR negotiations on Articles I and II of the Treaty regarding stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, and talks about Article III, on safeguards.
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Volume 3 of the collection is a curated collection of documents that were not included in the Political Affairs subject file in Volume 2. They include meeting minutes of the Political committee (AC/119). These documents were publicly disclosed as part of NATO’s yearly systematic declassification and public disclosure programme.
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The documents are arranged chronologically. Most documents are only available in one language, but some, like NAC documents, are available in both English and French.
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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