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Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation (VCI)

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The Verification, Compliance, and Implementation (VCI) Bureau is headed by Assistant Secretary Paula A. DeSutter.  The Bureau's core missions are to ensure that appropriate verification requirements and capabilities are fully considered and properly integrated throughout the development, negotiation, and implementation of arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments and to ensure that other countries’ compliance is carefully watched, rigorously assessed, appropriately reported, and resolutely enforced. In this regard, the Bureau is responsible for preparing the President’s annual report to Congress on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments. The Bureau is further required to prepare verifiability assessments on proposals and agreements, and to report these to Congress, as required. The Bureau also prepares the President’s semi-annual Iran, North Korea, Syria Nonproliferation Report to Congress, which identifies entities that engage in the transfer of controlled items to and from Iran, North Korea, and Syria and authorizes the imposition of sanctions against these entities.

As required by statue, the Bureau also is responsible for ensuring that U.S. intelligence capabilities to collect, analyze, and disseminate precise and timely information bearing upon matters of verification and compliance – e.g., on the nature and status of foreign governments’ Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and delivery system programs – are effectively acquired, maintained, and enhanced. VCI is designated by law as the principal policy community representative to the Intelligence Community with regard to verification and compliance matters, and uses this role – and the access to and interaction with the Intelligence Community that it entails – both to promote, preserve, and enhance key collection and analytic capabilities and to ensure that verification, compliance, and implementation intelligence requirements are met.

Robust verification, compliance, and implementation are essential to maintaining and strengthening the integrity of arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament regimes. In this regard, the Bureau leads the Department in all matters related to the implementation of certain international arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments. This includes staffing and managing treaty implementation commissions, creating negotiation and implementation policy for agreements and commitments, and developing policy for future arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament arrangements. The Bureau also leads the Department in providing sophisticated support to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament policymaking, including information technology support and secure, near-real-time government-to-government communications linkages with foreign government treaty partners.

  
Highlights
START Treaty
Statement by the United States Representative to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

The Need for WMD Threat Assessment in the Chemical Industry: Plant Site Level
Remarks by Donald C. Clagett of the Office of Chemical and Conventional Weapons at Pugwash Conference in Zagreb, Croatia

Attribution and Deterrence of Biological Weapon Use
Assistant Secretary DeSutter's remarks at International Forum on Biosecurity at the Arab Institute for Security Studies in Amman, Jordan.

Compliance With Nonproliferation, Arms Limitation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments
Statement by Assistant Secretary DeSutter before the United Nations' First Committee.

Secretary Rice Meets With VCI Staff
After her historic visit to Libya, Secretary Rice thanks members of the VCI Bureau for their assistance in the elimination of Libyan Weapons of Mass Destruction programs. [State Dept. photo]After her historic visit to Libya, Secretary Rice thanked members of the VCI Bureau for their assistance in the elimination of Libyan Weapons of Mass Destruction programs. Photos

Moving the Six-Party Process Forward
Briefing with Assistant Secretary DeSutter and others on North Korea.

--Fact Sheets:
- U.S.-North Korea Understandings on Verification
- Existing Sanctions and Reporting Provisions Related to North Korea

--Press Statements:
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U.S.-Bahrain Gulf Security Dialogue
- U.S.-D.P.R.K. Agreement on Denuclearization Verification Measures

START Aggregate Numbers of Strategic Offensive Arms
The data in this fact sheet comes from the most recent aggregate MOU data exchanged by the Parties no later than 30 days after the expiration of each six-month period following entry into force of the START Treaty.

The History of Libya’s WMD Effort and Dismantlement Program
Assistant Secretary DeSutter, S/CT Coordinator Dailey, and NP Special Negotiator Mahley spoke at briefing on the history of Libya’s WMD effort and dismantlement program and Libya’s renunciation of terrorism. Full Text | Secretary Rice's Travel to Libya

 

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