Getting to Zero Timeline: 2012

December 13, 2012: P5+1 talks with Iran in Tehran

December 8, 2012: Marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by former US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

December, 2012: International conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East scheduled to take place in Helsinki.

November 29, 2012: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors meets in Vienna.

October 14-28, 2012: 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

October 2, 2012: Marks the 20th anniversary of the US nuclear testing moratorium.

October 1-31, 2012: Meeting of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

October 1, 2012: Marks the 20th anniversary of the US ratification of Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

September 24, 2012: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors meets again in Vienna.

16th anniversary of 65 countries signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

September 17-21, 2012: International Atomic Energy Agency Vienna Conference.

September 10, 2012: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors meets in Vienna.

September 3-7, 2012: Thirty-ninth session of the CTBTO Prep Com Advisory Group.

September 1, 2012: President Obama submits the annual Global Nuclear Security report on the security of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapon material outside the United States to Congress.

September, 2012: The foreign ministers of Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates meet for the Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament Initiative on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

August 29, 2012: International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

August 13-31, 2012: Thirty-ninth session of CTBTO Prep Com Working Group B.

August 9, 2012: Anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing.

August 6, 2012: Anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.

August 1, 2012: Leon Panetta, US Defence Secretary meets with Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.

July 31, 2012: Mitt Romney meets with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Warsaw. Bilateral reductions in the U.S.-Russian nuclear arsenals possibly discussed.

July 30 – September 14, 2012: The third part of the Conference on Disarmament for 2012 begins in Geneva.

July 24, 2012: Ali Baqeri, Iranian deputy nuclear negotiator and Helga Schmid, EU deputy head of foreign policy affairs, meet to discuss the Iranian nuclear program in Istanbul.

July 12, 2012: Gen. Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces meets with US Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington to discuss topics such as missile defence.

July 3, 2012: E3+3 meet in Istanbul at the expert level to discus technical aspects of their discussions

June 27-29, 2012: P5 meets in Washington to discuss nuclear weapons verification, transparency and confidence-building.

June 18-19, 2012: Iran and E3+3 meet in Moscow to continue talks.

May 23-24, 2012: Iran and E3+3 meet for second round of talks, however little progress is made as each wants to get as much and give as little as they can. Nevertheless, both parties agree to continue talks in Moscow the following month.

May 20-21, 2012: NATO leaders meet for a summit in Chicago to discuss the new defence and deterrence posture review.

April 30-May 11, 2012: NPT Preparatory Committee Meeting in Vienna. The highlights included the report from the facilitator of the 2012 conference on a Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and All Other WMD in the Middle East, informing the states of his progress on this process. A joint statement from 16 nations was also released to address the humanitarian dimension on nuclear disarmament.

April 9, 2012: Niue signs the CTBT

March 26-27, 2012: The second Nuclear Security Summit takes place in Seoul, where the agenda is expanded from nuclear security to include a strong focus on nuclear safety – in part due to the incident at Fukushima, Japan. Apart from this, similar goals and commitments to those voiced in 2010 are reiterated in the published Consensus Communiqué.

March 29, 2012: US believes the North Korean announcement of a satellite launch as a violation of their February agreement and recinds food aid.

March 16, 2012: North Korea announces plans to launch a satellite in celebration of the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung.

February 20, 2012: An agreement is announced between the US and North Korea following their meeting in Beijing on the 23rd and 24th: “agreement by North Korea to suspend operations at its Yongbyon uranium enrichment plant, invite IAEA inspectors to monitor the suspension, and implement moratoriums on nuclear and long-range missile tests” In return, the US will provide North Korea with 240,000 metric tons of food aid.

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