22 September, 2017

Tillerson: Kazakhstan is a particularly illustrative example of the wisdom of relinquishing nuclear weapons

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his extensive report at the UN Security Council meeting at the ministerial level noted the role of Kazakhstan in the process of global disarmament and non-proliferation.

Particularly, he noted that Kazakhstan is an exceptional example of the wisdom policy, because of the abandonment of nuclear weapons. Kazakhstan preferred to remove former Soviet weapons and nuclear technologies from its territory, as well as accede to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear state.

Mr. Tillerson said that “courageous decision by the leaders of Kazakhstan greatly reduced the prospect of nuclear weapons, components of nuclear weapons, or nuclear materials and dual-use technologies from falling into the wrong hands.”  According to him, nuclear weapons complicate relations with other countries and create the risk of miscalculation, accident, or escalation.

Further, he explained how Kazakhstan benefited from this decision: "Today Kazakhstan has overwhelmingly been at peace with its neighbors, and its trade relations are robust. This year, it hosted World Expo 2017, an event in Astana, which showcased the sources of future energy and investment opportunities in Kazakhstan to attendees from around the world. This is a modern nation making a substantial contribution to regional and international peace and prosperity. Kazakhstan has only benefitted from its early decision.”

“In my previous career, I met President Nazarbayev on many occasions and had the opportunity to ask him about this decision. He is more at peace with his choice than ever. He once remarked to me, “It was the best thing I ever did for our young country.” said R. Tillerson.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov thanked the US Secretary of State for the kind words addressed to the country and to the Head of State.

During his speech, Mr. Abdrakhmanov informed that over the independence years, the economy of Kazakhstan has grown 20 times, and investments in the country have reached 265 billion dollars.

According to the minister, by 2050 the country intends to enter the top-30 of the world's most competitive economies.
In addition, he noted that Kazakhstan supports the UN reform, which will expand the Organization's capabilities, as well as the concept of "security and development".

According to Abdrakhmanov, sustainable development is impossible without peace.

He mentioned that Astana stands for a complete ban on nuclear testing and nuclear weapons, as well as for the complete destruction of all arsenals. The Minister called on the DPRK to abandon its nuclear program and take measures that will restore the confidence of the international community to it.

As the minister said, Kazakhstan also supports international efforts to combat global terrorism. In particular, he recalled that Astana allocated $ 300,000 to implement the UN Global Strategy to Combat Terrorism in Central Asia.

Mr. Abdrakhmanov pointed out Kazakhstan's cooperation with the UN in the field of peacemaking, the development of science and technology, as well as in other areas. He also stressed that Kazakhstan is a multinational state in which more than one hundred ethnic groups live in peace and friendship.

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