STATEMENT of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on nuclear test in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

On September 9, 2016 all the seismic stations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, involved in International Monitoring System for the verification of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), recorded a seismic event, which epicenter was close to nuclear test site Pungeri, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (this test site held nuclear tests in 2006, 2009, 2013, and January 2016). Data analysis confirms the fact of nuclear weapons testing.

Kazakhstan strongly condemns such actions of the DPRK and states about their complete unacceptability and inconsistency to the relevant resolutions of UN Security Council.

Being together with Japan, the co-chairman of the 9th Conference on Article XIV of the CTBT, as well as the Chairman of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation, Kazakhstan believes that extremely irresponsible actions of the DPRK have a negative impact on the nuclear disarmament process and pose a threat to both regional and global security, undermine the efforts of the vast majority of countries in the world in ensuring a nuclear-free future.

Kazakhstan, as a country, which has directly experienced the entire deadly essence of nuclear weapon, has voluntarily renounced the possession of nuclear arsenal and initiated the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution on the announcement of August 29th the International Day against Nuclear Tests, stands for complete prohibition of nuclear testing all over world and calls for the DPRK to immediately restore its place at the negotiating table in the six-party format with participation of China, Russia, the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan, and to refuse completely from nuclear sights.

Kazakhstan is firmly convinced that the key to global security is a nuclear-weapon-free world, what has been consistently urged to by our country and President Nursultan Nazarbayev who specified the building of a nuclear-weapon-free world as the main goal of humanity in the 21st century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Created at : 10.09.2016, 11:42, Updated at : 16.09.2016, 19:41