To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on Thursday 5 March 2020, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in partnership with the US State Department and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has released a compilation of historic documents from the 1960s recording the negotiations. These documents, which were released to the National Archives in the 1990s and are now hosted by BASIC on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, demonstrate how despite Cold War tensions, States were united by the shared goal of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The UK remains as strongly committed to the NPT today as it was when it negotiated it 50 years ago.
Click on the relevant section below to open the PDF in a new window. The papers cover key documents from UK state papers on the negotiation of the NPT between 1965-1968.