Kazakhstan supported the resumption of the six-party talks on the DPRK
UN Security Council held ministerial-level open debate titled Non-proliferation - Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministries of the UN Security Council member states. The Kazakh delegation was headed by Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov. Addressing the meeting participants, he noted that nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and safety are key priorities for Kazakhstan. President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s decision to abandon the world's fourth largest nuclear arsenal proved that a non-nuclear status is the only guarantee for preserving regional and global security. The Kazakh Minister expressed concern over missile tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that violate the UN Security Council resolutions. Kazakhstan supported the UN Security Council members’ intention to resume six-party talks or apply other diplomatic measures for the peaceful resolution of the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
Kazakh Foreign Minister met with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The sides discussed the situation in the sphere of international security. In particular, the Minister informed the UN Secretary General on the progress of the Astana Process on the Syria settlement. Guterres expressed his full support, considering the Geneva and Astana talks as mutually complementary. He also announced his decision to participate in the SCO summit and the opening of the Astana EXPO 2017.
In New York, Kairat Abdrakhmanov met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The parties discussed implementation of strategic Kazakh-American cooperation, including in the trade and economic sphere, agreed earlier between Nursultan Nazarbayev and Donald Trump over a telephone conversation. The sides also exchanged views on the situation in Syria, Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear program and the situation on the Korean peninsula.