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In this year, Pakistan begins nuclear cooperation with North Korea

President George Bush, in his State of the Union Address, announces the following: the cancellation of the Midgetman Missile Program; no additional production of W-88 warheads or MX2 test missiles; the termination of the B-2 bomber program after 20 planes are built (in about 1996); and the cessation of production of the advanced cruise missile at 640 missiles.

North Korea fulfills its International Atomic Energy Agency comprehensive safeguards agreement six years after signing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

The United Nations Security Council, at the heads of state level, unanimously declares that nuclear proliferation constitutes a threat to international peace and security.

South Africa publicly admits that it enriched uranium to weaponized levels. 

Foreign Secretary Shahryar Khan of Pakistan admits, in an interview with the Washington Post, that his country has the components to assemble at least one nuclear bomb.

Workers strike for the first time at the Dimona nuclear plant in Israel--a plant believed to be the center of Israelís nuclear arms production.

The Joint Declaration for a Non-Nuclear Korean Peninsula enters into force between North and South Korea. Among the provisions, each side agrees not to "test, produce, receive, possess, store, deploy or use nuclear weapons."

China adheres to the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a nuclear weapons state. Chinaís instrument of accession states, "Pursuing an independent foreign policy of peace, China has all along stood for the complete prohibition and thorough destruction of nuclear weapons. With a view to bringing about this objective and maintaining international peace, security and stability, and taking into consideration the aspirations and demands of the large numbers of non-nuclear-weapon countries, China has decided to accede to the treaty."

A Chernobyl-type nuclear reactor leaks radioactive gases and iodine into the air at Sosnovy Bor, located west of St. Petersburg.

The 27 members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group agree on controls for dual-use, nuclear-related equipment and technology.

French Premier Pierre Beregovoy announces that France will suspend nuclear testing.

North Korea signs its comprehensive safeguard agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

North Korea declares 90 grams of plutonium to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA begins inspection of North Korean nuclear facilities.

China conducts a one-megaton nuclear weapon test, its largest test ever.

The United States and four former Soviet Republics (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine) sign a multilateral Protocol to maintain the nuclear weapons of the former Soviet Union within their combined national territories, "under the safe, secure, and reliable control of a single authority."

Strategic Air Command is deactivated. Strategic Command (or STRATCOM) takes its place and thus takes control of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. 

Defense Minister Tom King of Great Britain announces that the British Navy will no longer routinely carry nuclear weapons on their surface ships, and that the weapons previously earmarked for this role will be destroyed.

President George Bush and President Boris Yeltsin agree on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads to 3,000-3,500 for each country by 2003.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin addresses a joint session of Congress, stating that the nuclear weapons of the Cold War "turned out to be obsolete and unnecessary to mankind. And it is now simply a matter of calculating the best way and the best time schedule for destroying them and getting rid of them."

The United States sanctions against several North Korean companies go into effect. The U.S. alleges these companies have been involved in missile proliferation.

The Kazakhstan parliament ratifies the START Treaty in a vote of 238 to 1. [see June 16, 1992]

France officially adheres to the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a nuclear weapons state, 24 years after the treaty was opened for signatures. [see July 1, 1968]

The U.S. Senate votes 68 to 26 for a nine-month moratorium on nuclear weapons testing, beginning October 1, 1992, and for a final cut-off of all testing by September 30, 1996.

The United States launches its 14th Trident nuclear submarine, the USS Nebraska, with 24 multi-warhead missiles.

The International Atomic Energy Agency announces discrepancies in the report filed by North Korea on their nuclear stockpile. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency estimates that South Africa has produced more than 400kg of weapons-grade uranium before ending its nuclear program. 

The Akatsuki Maru, a Japanese ship carrying 1.7 tons of plutonium, sets off for Japan from Cherbourg, France.

President Carlos Menem of Argentina and President Fernando Collor de Mello of Brazil sign a pledge not to build nuclear weapons. Under the terms of the pledge, each state has the right to inspect the other for nuclear installations to ensure compliance.

The Kazakhstan parliament approves the Non-Proliferation Treaty. [see July 1, 1968]

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