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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 24, 1999
                              NATO Summit:
                 Weapons of Mass Destruction Initiative
                               Fact Sheet

NATO's 19 leaders today launched a five-part initiative that will ensure NATO is poised to address the risk of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the years ahead. The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery pose a serious and growing threat to NATO populations, territory, and military forces. Joint action within the Alliance is necessary to address this threat and to reinforce the work of existing nonproliferation regimes.

The elements of NATO's WMD initiative are as follows: