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Weapons proliferation

The spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) poses a threat to the UK and the international community. Increasingly, terrorists and criminal networks are trying to acquire these weapons. 

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Nuclear weapons

The Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is taking place from 3-28 May 2010.

An anti-tank cluster bomb waits to be loaded aboard the USS Kearsarge in the Adriatic Sea, March 1999. MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Cluster bombs

A UK act banning the use, production and stockpiling of cluster munitions came into effect earlier this year.

Singapore Armed Forces CBRE defense group soldiers during the Pacific Shield 2007, AFP/Getty Images

Chemical and biological weapons

Find out more about the measures in place to prevent proliferation of biological and chemical weapons.

Nuclear 2010

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The Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is taking place from 3-28 May 2010.

Chemical and biological weapons


Singapore Armed Forces CBRE defense group soldiers during the Pacific Shield 2007, AFP/Getty Images

We're working to enforce the ban on chemical and biological weapons through international treaties and conventions

Cluster munitions

An anti-tank cluster bomb waits to be loaded aboard the USS Kearsarge in the Adriatic Sea, March 1999. MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Unexploded ordnance from cluster munitions threaten the lives of civilians

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