Regarding the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, no major changes have taken place in 2012. This does not mean that there are no major developments to report on. In a number of worrying cases, the situation has deteriorated further.
Steadily increasing risks include the situation regarding Iran’s nuclear programme, weapons of mass destruction in Syria, and in particular the nuclear developments in North Korea and control of nuclear weapons in Pakistan.
Of special concern is the slowly declining support for the multilateral non-proliferation regime—a development that is extra troubling in the light of the deteriorating situations just mentioned.