Experts on the activities of Kazakhstan in the UN Security Council
President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev's official visit to the US is evidence of further strengthened cooperation between Astana and Washington, D.C. According to Richard Hoagland, former US Ambassador to Kazakhstan, the seventh visit of the President of Kazakhstan to America will be an important political signal for deepening the trade, economic, business, investment and technology partnership. In addition, the American diplomat showed his confidence that Kazakhstan's work in the UN Security Council will be conducted with dignity, and the country will make an important contribution to the maintenance of international and regional security.
RICHARD HOAGLAND, FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:
- Nuclear nonproliferation, this is where Kazakhstan shocks because Kazakhstan took the step early in its independence to become a leader in nuclear nonproliferation. It gave up its nuclear weapons; it is cleaning up sites like BN-350 .
According to professor of the Hankuk University, Kim Sang Cheol, the chairmanship in the UN Security Council is an indicator of the country's high economic development. Kazakhstan has earned the international prestige through its peacekeeping activities, focusing on issues of global security, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The professor points out that Nursultan Nazarbayev singles out the Syrian conflict as a separate topic of the discussion and perhaps, it can help unite the two Korean states. According to him, the world community has expectations from Kazakhstan.
KIM SANG CHEOL, PROFESSOR, CENTRAL ASIAN DEPARTMENT, HANKUK UNIVERSITY:
- I believe that Kazakhstan can unite North and South Korea because your country has a great peacekeeping experience. In addition, you successfully shifted from socialism to capitalism and managed to build a successful model of economic development. Moreover, there is a significant number of Korean diaspora in Kazakhstan. They are closely connected with South Korea, but historically they are also part of North Korea and they can be called a bridge uniting the two Koreas.