Statement by the United States on the Twentieth Anniversary of UNSCR 1540 – United States Department of State

UN Security Council Resolution 1540 obliges all states to prevent the transfer of WMD-related objects and information by non-state actors. It is one of the most important tools available to the international community to combat the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, their means of delivery and their financing, all of which pose serious threats to international peace and security.

We call on all countries to be particularly diligent in the implementation of their 1540 obligation to ensure that the transfer of sensitive items and information with both WMD and legitimate commercial applications is kept out of regulatory control and into the hands of proliferators. Should not be allowed to go.

The United States remains deeply concerned by the threat of terrorism and the risks posed by other non-state actors seeking to acquire, develop, trade, or use nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their means of delivery. We urge all States to work together to fulfill their respective UNSCR 1540 commitments and continue to encourage us and all Security Council members to implement the new provisions in UNSCR 2663, which the 1540 Committee adopted. The mandate has been extended till 2032.