The Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported that a delegation from the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) visited Pakistan on Wednesday, 11 January 2017.
The MTCR was established in 1987 with the aim of stopping the proliferation of munitions technology that can deliver warheads heavier than 500 kg beyond 300 km. In 1992, the MTCR broadened its scope to also include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
The MTCR delegation was led by MTCR Chair, Director-General for Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Affairs in South Korea’s Foreign Ministry’s Ham Sang-wook. Tasnim Aslam, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led Pakistan’s team to receive and discuss with the MTCR.
APP reports that the MTCR briefed Pakistan about its “latest political and technical developments”, while Pakistan outlined its “contribution to international efforts aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.”
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India formally joined the MTCR in June 2016. The accession enabled India to access sophisticated and well-guarded technology that could enable it to vastly improve or accelerate its munitions and UAV programs. Pakistan has yet to express formal interest in joining the MTCR, though it is keeping regular contact with the MTCR and is also voluntarily abiding by the body’s export controls.