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President Ronald Reagan - Nuclear Events

 


8/9/1981
Reagan resumes production of the neutron bomb and restores the triad of the B1 bomber, MX missle, and Trident sub.

Neutron Warhead capable of delivering 10 independently
targeted warheads with great accuracy.

9/4/1981
Reagan ratifies the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials signed by Carter.

7/20/1982
Reagan removes the US from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Talks in Geneva .

7/23/1982
Reagan produces additional neutron bombs for the US and NATO.

3/23/1983
Reagan gives his Strategic Defense Initiative (later dubbed "Star Wars") speech, calling for a space-based defense system capable of protecting the United States from ICBM. Audio Clip 7: Reagan Delivers the Big Vision Statement for SDI

11/23/1983
NATO deploys US Pershing II missiles in Germany, causing the Soviets to discontinue the arms control talks in Geneva. A Pershing II missile catches fire two years later and almost detonates a nuclear warhead storage.) PBS Video Clip: Missile deployment in Europe

7/17/1984
Reagan and Gorbachev improve their Hot Line, signing the Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to Expand the US-USSR Direct Communications Link, TIAS 11428.

9/26/1986
US adopts the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency.

10/11/1986
Reagan and Gorbachev meet at Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss the possibility of nuclear abolition. The talks fail after Reagan refuses to abandon the SDI. PBS Video Clip: Summit at Reykjavik

Meeting House in Reykjavik


4/16/1987
US establishes the Missile Technology Control Regime.

9/15/1987
Secretary of State George Schultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardmadze sign the Agreement on Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers at the White House Rose Garden.

12/8/1987
Reagan and Gorbachev (USSR) sign the Protocol on Procedures Governing the Elimination of Russian and American Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) requiring states to eliminate all IRMs, SRMs, and associated equipment. INF Treaty

5/31/1988
Reagan and Gorbachev (USSR) sign the Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Conduct of a Joint Verification Experiment and the Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Notifications of Launches of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles 27 I.L.M. 1200.

6/1/1988
Reagan and Gorbachev (USSR) sign the Treaty on Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles Between USA and USSR.

9/21/1988
US adopts the Joint Protocol Relating to the Application of the Vienna Convention and the Paris Convention, which would link the Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and the Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy.

January 1989
Reagan shuts down “unneeded” nuclear weapon plants, including Fernald (OH), Hanford (WA), Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (ID), Oak Ridge (TN), Rocky Flats (CO), Savannah River (SC)