Signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (Washington, 8 December 1987)

On 8 December 1987, at the White House, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev (on the left), and US President Ronald Reagan (on the right) sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which provides for the destruction of all nuclear and conventional ground-launched missiles in Europe, including the famous SS-20s and Pershing IIs, within three years. This treaty, which comes into force on 1 June 1988, is seen as the first real nuclear disarmament agreement and signals the end of the arms race between the two superpowers.

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Source: Photograph of President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signing the INF Treaty [online]. Washington: White House, East Room, 08.12.1987. Colour.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Series : Reagan White House Photographs; Collection RR-WHPO: White House Photographic Collection; ARC Identifier: 198588. Available at:

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Signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (Washington, 8 December 1987)