Word of welcome

2016-mtcr-chairDear Visitor,

Welcome to the official website of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). We are a group of thirty-five countries that are committed to limiting the risks of proliferation by controlling transfers that can contribute to delivery systems. This site intends to provide relevant information about the MTCR, including the Guidelines and the Annex and the activities of the Regime.

My chairmanship of the MTCR began with the 30th Plenary Meeting, which was held from 19 to 21 October 2016 in Busan, Republic of Korea. I will remain the Chair until the next Plenary Meeting, which will be held in October 2017 in Dublin. The MTCR will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, and I feel a great sense of responsibility to have been entrusted with this important assignment. I will build on the excellent work of Ambassador Piet de Klerk, my predecessor of the joint chairmanship of the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and will work closely with the next chairmanship, which will be held jointly by Ireland and Iceland.

The MTCR has been leading the international community’s efforts to curb the proliferation of means of delivery for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) for thirty years. The MTCR Guidelines and control lists in the Annex constitute international best practices for controlling exports in this field, and they are increasingly adhered to by non-Partners and are also included in some UN Security Council resolutions.

At the Busan Plenary, MTCR Partners emphasized that observance of the MTCR Guidelines by as many states as possible will contribute substantially to limiting the risks of proliferation of WMD delivery systems and to fostering international security. As the Chair, I will deliberate on the ways and means of engaging non-Partners and relevant actors of the international community through outreach activities.

I appreciate your interest in the MTCR. I invite you to come back to this website in order to stay up-to-date with the MTCR. You might also want to follow the activities of the MTCR on Twitter (@MTCR_1617). I look forward to a productive year helping the MTCR remain an effective and relevant regime in the field of export controls.


Best regards,


Ham Sang-wook

Chair of the Missile Technology Control Regime


Director-General for Nonproliferation and Nuclear Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea