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1986 Reykjavik Summit

October 12, 1986

Reykjavik, Iceland


The work of the Nuclear Security Project builds on the historic 1986 Reykjavik Summit, when President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik, Iceland and discussed an agreement to eliminate all U.S. and (then) Soviet nuclear weapons. While an agreement on total elimination was not reached at Reykjavik, the summit is widely recognized as marking a major turning point in relations between the United States and the Soviet Union and their 40-year Cold War nuclear confrontation.