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The United States rejects North Korean offer to suspend nuclear tests. 

The United States updates its four E-4B flying command posts that would be used by its leaders to manage military operations in a nuclear war. 

Judge Jeffrey White hears oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by the Marshall Islands against the United States in US Federal District Court. 

Russia informs the United States that they will no longer be seeking the United States’ help in securing Russia’s massive weapons-grade uranium stockpile. 

The United States prepares to develop and build a new generation of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) for the Air Force. 

The Fijian government compensates the remaining survivors of British nuclear tests done on Christmas Island in 1957-58. 

At the third annual summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, all 33 heads of state restate their commitment to a world without nuclear weapons.

The Marshall Islands lawsuit is dismissed by the US Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. 

The Obama administration requested a 10.5% increase, to $8.85 billion, in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget request for the nuclear weapons programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

A prescribed burn at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is canceled because activists argue that it would cause plutonium, left over from the days when the 

The United States is now paying 500% more per nuclear warhead, on average, than it did in 1985.

Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, delivers a speech to the Nitijela (parliament) about the Nuclear Zero lawsuits.

47 Republican Senators sent a letter to Iran’s leadership in an attempt to undermine negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. 

The United States pressures Japan, Norway, and likely many other allied countries to reject the Austrian Pledge. 

Russia conduct tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

United States finally admits that Israel has nuclear weapons. 

United States conducts a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Russia calls on the United States to remove its tactical nuclear weapons from Europe. 

United States conducts a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Marshall Islands formally files its Notice of Appeal to Ninth Circuit of Appeals in the Nuclear Zero lawsuit. 

The Republic of the Marshall Islands files its court-ordered Mediation Questionnaire in the Ninth circuit Court of Appeals. 

United States reveals that it had known about Israel’s nuclear program for over 50 years. 

2015 NPT Review Conference begins.

Nordea Asset Management, the largest financial services group in Northern Europe, blacklists Boeing because of its work producing nuclear weapons. 

The Washington Times awards its Golden Hammer Award to South Carolina’s Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel facility for egregious example of government waste. 

A federal appeals court rules that the government had overreached in charging three Transform Now Plowshares activists with sabotage and that the activists must immediately be released.  

United States conducts a test of a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. 

107 nations sign the Humanitarian Pledge, initiated by Austria, to “fill the legal gap” for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

The 2015 NPT Review Conference ends in failure after the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada refuse to adopt the final document in defense to Israel’s concerns over language relating to the proposed Middle East Zone free of nuclear weapons. 

UK whistleblower William McNeilly released a damning 18 page report on Trident Submarine dangers. 

Women Cross DMZ crosses the border between North and South Korea to draw attention to the need for a permanent peace treaty. 

The Golden Rule, a boat restored by the Veterans for Peace, launches in the Samoa Peninsula. http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org/

At the close of its 83rd Annual Meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), calls for the “effective implementation” of the nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty obligations. http://usmayors.org/83rdAnnualMeeting/media/resolutions-adopted.pdf

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has ruled that Dow Chemical Co. and Rockwell International Corp. should be held liable for nuisance claims regarding the detrimental misconduct of the Rocky Flats nuclear plant in Colorado.

The U.S. Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) conduct their first development flight test of the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands filed an Appeal Brief at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of its Nuclear Zero Lawsuit against the United States. https://www.wagingpeace.org/nuclear-zero-appeal/

World powers reach a deal with Iran on limiting Iranian nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

Four nuclear weapons experts file an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in support of a lawsuit filed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands to compel the United States to meet its requirements under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). http://www.nuclearzero.org/in-the-courts

Hanford nuclear weapons site whistle-blower wins $4.1-million settlement. 

China conducts a flight test of its new D-F road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).  

The United States conducts a test launch of its Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. 

North Korea announces that it is improving the quality and quantity of its nuclear arsenal in response to the “reckless hostile policy” of the United States and its allies.

The Japanese legislature votes to reinterpret Article 9 of the constitution, which declares that the Japanese people “forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation.” The Article also pledges that “land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained” and that “the right of belligerency will not be recognized.”

The Scottish Parliament holds a debate about the Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Zero Lawsuits against the world’s nine nuclear-armed nations. 


Pope Francis speaks out strongly in favor of peace and nuclear disarmament during his speech to the United Nations. 


Anti-Nuclear Parliamentarian, Jeremy Corbyn, elected as Leader of UK Labour Party

A state-owned radioactive waste dump catches fire in Nevada.  

After nearly 50 years, the United States announces that it will clean up radioactive contamination caused by a plane crash in 1966 in Palomares, Spain.

The U.S. government  awards a contract worth up to $80 billion to Northrup Grumman to develop a new stealth bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

The United States government files a Response Brief in the Nuclear Zero Lawsuit at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), receives the Nuclear-Free Future Award in the category of “Solutions.” 

The U.S. Navy launches an unarmed Trident II D5 missile from a submarine off the coast of California just after dark. The resulting streak of light across the sky, which could be seen as far away as Arizona, caused many people to think they were seeing a UFO or a meteor.

Turkey shoots down a Russian fighter jet that it claims was violating its airspace after repeated warnings went unheeded. 

Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, receives the Right Livelihood Award in a ceremony at the Swedish Parliament. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r2iipPYKvw&noredirect=1

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