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Weapons proliferation

The spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) poses a threat to the UK and the international community, while indiscriminate trade in conventional arms and the use of certain types of weapons raises serious humanitarian and security concerns.

We're working around the world to promote and implement our policies on nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons, conventional weapons, export controls, cluster munitions and ambition for an arms trade treaty.

Missiles in Iran, AFP/Getty Images

Ten myths on Iran and nuclear issues

The UK and the international community have repeatedly expressed concern over Iran's nuclear programme. Read our article dispelling ten common myths.

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.

Radioactive sign, AFP/Getty Images

Nuclear security

A terrorist attack using nuclear devices represents one of the most destructive risks to global security.

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.

Nuclear weapons

Mushroom cloud AFP/Getty Images

Read about the UK’s work on nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, peaceful uses of nuclear energy and nuclear security.

Controlling the export of weapons

Trainee holsters his pistol for a live-fire anti-piracy exercise in Israel, Getty Images

We're working to improve international standards of export controls for weapons.

Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Pledges on a board during an Arms Trade Treaty event at the FCO, 15 June 2009.

The UK supports a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to curb the irresponsible trade and transfer of arms.

Conventional weapons

Unexploded bombs in Lebanon, AFP/Getty Images

The UK is working with other countries to build confidence, ensure security and reduce threats to civilians from conventional weapons such as small arms, light weapons and cluster munitions.

Cluster munitions

Cluster munitions, AFP

Unexploded ordnance from cluster munitions threatens the lives of civilians. Read about the Convention on Cluster Munitions here.

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