For a nonbinding agreement, the 30-year-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) has worked remarkably well. By and large, its 35 signatories—including the U.S., UK, France, Russia, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey—have abided by the rules, which were designed to prevent the proliferation of long-range missiles and other unmanned weapons that can be used for nuclear, chemical or biological attacks. But while the MTCR has helped make the world safer, American developers ...

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