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North Korea conducts its fourth test of a nuclear weapon.

Setsuko Thurlow and the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki  are voted the "2015 Arms Control Person of the Year."

Israel receives a fifth Dolphin-class nuclear-capable submarine produced by Germany.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran Deal, goes into effect. 

Admiral Cecil D. Haney, head of U.S. Strategic Command, confirms that China is “…re-engineering its long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple nuclear warheads.”

North Korea (DPRK) launches a satellite into space, claiming that the launch is for scientific and peaceful purposes.

The U.S. launches Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Open-Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament begins in Geneva.

French President Francois Hollande acknowledges that the 193 nuclear tests conducted by France in French Polynesia had serious consequences. 

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) delivers a floor speech in the House of Representatives criticizing the Obama administration’s plans to spend billions of dollars on modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal in fiscal year 2017.


Oral arguments in the Marshall Islands’ lawsuits against the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan begin.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, City Council voted unanimously to divest the city’s $1 billion pension fund from companies that finance or produce nuclear weapons.

The United States hosts the fourth, and possibly final, Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC. The summit brought together high-level leaders from over 50 nations, including seven of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Russia and North Korea did not attend the Summit.

Secretary of State John Kerry visits the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the first sitting U.S. secretary of state to visit the site.

Dutch Parliament holds a debate on a national ban on nuclear weapons. The debate came about through a citizens’ initiative by PAX, ASN Bank and the Dutch Red Cross.

The United States’ European missile defense shield went live, almost a decade after Washington’s initial proposal to protect NATO states from Iran’s alleged increasing nuclear capacity.


The United States’ European missile defense shield went live, almost a decade after Washington’s initial proposal to protect NATO states from Iran’s alleged increasing nuclear capacity.

Pakistan formally applies for entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), after China blocked India’s entry into the 48-member elite group.


First sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama visits Hiroshima

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announces that it will close the two reactors at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in 2025 and, in their place, will develop more solar, wind, and other clean power sources. 

Over five years after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant crisis began, TEPCO President Naomi Hirose publicly apologizes for his predecessor’s order to not use the phrase “core meltdown” in March 2011. 


Over 90 prominent scientists, including many Nobel Laureates, send a letter to President Obama, calling for action on nuclear weapons. 


The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), for the 11th consecutive year, adopts a strong resolution in support of nuclear disarmament. 


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