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Deputy Foreign Minister Del Re at the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Today the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, attended the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the...
NORTH KOREA. Minister Alfano on the statements by Kim Jong-un "The statements coming from North Korea on the suspension of nuclear tests and the launch of ballistic missiles and the closing of a site constitute a positive development and a step in the right direction,” said...
Mission of Minister Alfano to Paris   The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, is in Paris today to participate in the Conference of the  International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of...
Dichiarazione congiunta dei membri della Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) a sostegno dell'applicazione delle risoluzioni 2375 e 2397 CDS dell’OnuJoint Statement from Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Partners in Support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2375 and 2397 Enforcement  In September 2003, the original eleven Proliferation...
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The commitment to disarmament, weapons controls and non-proliferation is an essential component of Italian foreign policy. Italy has long been active on various fronts that include the United Nations, the European Union and the G8, as well as in the context of major international review conventions.
Among the most significant results achieved by our country in regard to this sector are the adoption of the European strategy against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (adopted during the Italian duty Presidency of the EU in 2003) and its participation in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) aimed at banning trade in weapons of mass destruction.

Italy’s engagement in the context of disarmament and non-proliferation is divided into various sectors in relation to the various categories of existing weapons. The usual distinction made is between conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. The former of these, generally considered legitimate, are defined as “conventional” on the basis of two observable characteristics: a relatively contained capacity for causing injury and discriminating effects that allow for the greater protection of the civilian population. The latter, including include nuclear, biological and chemical weapons are distinguished for their enormous, and above all, indiscriminate potential for destruction.

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