Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act Law and Legal Definition
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978 is a federal law enacted to provide for more efficient and effective control over the proliferation of nuclear explosive capability.
It is the purpose of the act is to promote the policies by:
a. establishing a more effective framework for international cooperation to meet the energy needs of all nations and to ensure that the worldwide development of peaceful nuclear activities and the export by any nation of nuclear materials and equipment and nuclear technology intended for use in peaceful nuclear activities do not contribute to proliferation;
b. authorizing the U.S. to take such actions as are required to ensure that it will act reliably in meeting its commitment so supply nuclear reactors and fuel to nations which adhere to effective non-proliferation policies;
c. providing incentives to the other nations of the world to join in such international cooperative efforts and to ratify the Treaty; and
d. ensuring effective controls by the U.S. over its exports of nuclear materials and equipment and of nuclear technology.