United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Ratification of Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

State United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Treaty Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
Action Type Ratification
Depositary Government of the United Kingdom
Date 27 November 1968
Note

 

OBJECTIONS
In a note to the German Democratic Republic dated 6 January 1976, the United Kingdom Government, following consultations with the Governments of the French Republic and the United States of America, stated on behalf of all three Governments:
 
"The German Democratic Republic is not a Party to the Quadripartite Agreement of 3 September 1971, concluded in Berlin by the Governments of the French Republic, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America, and is not therefore competent to comment authoritatively on its provisions.
 
The views of the three Governments on the substance of this matter are already set out in a Note dated 30 July 1975 circulated by the State Department of the United States to States which have, in Washington, signed or acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  A copy of that Note is enclosed herewith for information."
 
Copy of State Department Note:  "Following consultations between the Government of the United States of America and the Governments of France and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Acting Secretary of State wishes to state the following on behalf of all three Governments:
 
In a communication to the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics which is an integral part (Annex IV A) of the Quadripartite Agreement of September 3, 1971, the three powers confirmed that, provided matters of security and status are not affected and provided the extension is specified in
each case, international agreements and arrangements entered into by the Federal Republic of Germany may be extended to the Western Sectors of Berlin in accordance with established procedures.  For its part, the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, in a communication to the Governments of the three powers, which is similarly an integral part (Annex IV B) of the Quadripartite Agreement of September 3, 1971, affirmed that it would raise no objection to such extension.
 
The established procedures referred to above, which were endorsed in the Quadripartite Agreement, are designed, inter alia, to afford the authorities of the three powers the opportunity to ensure that the treaties concluded by the Federal Republic of Germany which are to be extended to the Western Sectors of Berlin are extended in such a way that matters of security and status are not affected.  When authorizing the extension of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to the Western Sectors of Berlin, the authorities of the three powers, acting in the exercise of their supreme authority, took the necessary steps to ensure in accordance with established procedures that this treaty is applied in the Western Sectors of Berlin only in such a way asnot to affect matters of security and status.  Thus the extension of this treaty to the Western Sectors of Berlin is entirely consistent with the Quadripartite Agreement."
 
In a Note to the Hungarian People's Republic, following consultations with the Governments of the French Republic and the United States of America, the United Kingdom stated on behalf of the three Governments: "The Hungarian People's Republic is not a Party to the Quadripartite Agreement of 3 September 1971, concluded in Berlin by the Governments of the French Republic, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America, and is not therefore competent to comment authoritatively on its provisions.
 
The views of the three Governments on the substance of this matter are already set out in a Note dated 30 July 1975 circulated by the State Department of the United States to states which have, in Washington, signed or acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons."
 
Statement by a Note dated 30 June 1976 concerning the statement made by the Italian Government on ratification:
 
"The Government of the United Kingdom, as a state party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, take the view that the obligations in Articles I and II of the Treaty apply without any distinction to all nuclear explosive devices.  They are accordingly unable to agree with the interpretation of the Treaty, and of those Articles in particular, contained in paragraph 87 of the Note of the Italian Embassy."
Other Actions Signature on deposit with London — 1 July 1968
Signature on deposit with Moscow — 1 July 1968
Ratification on deposit with Moscow — 29 November 1968
Signature on deposit with Washington — 1 July 1968
Ratification on deposit with Washington — 27 November 1968