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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in relation to DPRK’s announced nuclear test

ASTANA, 6 January 2016 – Today, the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced that it had successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test. In this regard, Kazakhstan strongly condemns and deems unacceptable such actions of DPRK in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013) and 2094 (2013).

As co-chair, along with Japan, of the Ninth Article XIV Conference of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Kazakhstan believes the actions of DPRK seriously undermine the international community’s efforts along the path of nuclear disarmament and strengthening the non-proliferation regime and global security in general, as well as the efforts of the majority of the countries in the world to ensure the early entry into force of the CTBT.

Kazakhstan, as a country whose people have directly experienced the deadly effects of nuclear weapons, voluntarily renounced the possession of a nuclear arsenal and initiated the adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution proclaiming 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

We stand for the complete ban on nuclear tests in the world and call upon DPRK to abandon nuclear weapon ambitions and resume negotiations on its nuclear issue in the six-party format involving China, Russia, the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

We remain firmly convinced that keys to security and sustainable development lie not in nuclear arsenals but in a wide mutually beneficial cooperation, along with peaceful resolution of all problems in international relations through negotiations.

Global security generally can only be guaranteed when the world frees itself from the nuclear weapons. It is the goal that our nation and President Nursultan Nazarbayev have consistently called upon the international community to embrace and to reach, including President Nazarbayev’s call for humanity to make the world without nuclear weapons its major goal in the 21st century.