Rex Tillerson spoke about Kazakhstan at the UN Security Council
Today, at the initiative of the United States, the UN Security Council hold a meeting on the threat of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems. The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson highlighted Kazakhstan’s role in the process of global disarmament and non-proliferation.
REX TILLERSON, US SECRETARY OF STATE:
- The Republic of Kazakhstan is a particularly illustrated example of a wisdom of relinquishing the nuclear weapons. In partnership with the United States and aided by the US senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, Kazakhstan opted to remove from its territory former Soviet weapons and related nuclear technologies and joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-weapon state.
This 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 wrong hands. Nuclear weapons introduce complexity into relations with other countries and introduce the risk of miscalculation, accident or escalation. Kazakhstan’s actions represented a key step in that country becoming a part of the community of nations. As result of letting go of nuclear weapons, the world does not look on Kazakhstan as on a potential nuclear aggressor or rogue state. It did not make enemies of its nuclear neighbors, Russia or China. Today Kazakhstan has overwhelmingly been in peace with its neighbors and its trade relations are robust. This year it hosted World EXPO-2017 in a bit 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 into regional and international peace and prosperity. Kazakhstan has only benefited frim its early decision.
In my previous career I met President Nazarbayev for many occasions and had the opportunity to ask him about this decision. He has more peace with this choice than ever, he once remarked to me. “It was the best thing I ever did for our young country.
The UN Security Council discussed resolutions on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov in his speech thanked the US Secretary of State for the kind words addressed to Kazakhstan and the Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Minister informed participants about initiatives of the Kazakh leader put forward during the opening of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank, and also highlighted Kazakhstan's position on key aspects of international disarmament and non-proliferation.