South Korea Express Interest to Learn from Kazakhstan’s Denuclearization Initiatives
Kazakhstan’s nuclear disarmament initiatives have garnered international recognition as many countries globally are pushing towards a denuclearized world.
Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy deputy executive director, Igor Rogov said that Kazakhstan’s participation in solving one of the highly global problems of the century as well as its adherence to the principles of nuclear safety has put the country on the map as a mediator of international conflicts.
“The anti-nuclear experience of Kazakhstan is of interest to many foreign countries, including South Korea,” he said at the roundtable session on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula organized by the First President’s Foundation in the Kazakh capital.
Rogov also said that Kazakhstan has long positioned itself as a strong supporter of nuclear disarmament in the international community.
Kazakhstan is the first country to voluntarily give up its nuclear weapons and is one of the world leaders in denuclearization. The country has played a significant role as a mediator of international conflict by providing a platform for negotiations of the Iranian nuclear program in the 5+1 format.
The country also gained world recognition as a strong advocate of nuclear security with the opening of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank.
Korea Foundation President, Lee Sihyung said South Korea is interested to learn from Kazakhstan on its experience of denuclearization.
“As far as I know, there is only one country in the world that gave up nuclear weapons in exchange of economic development and that country is Kazakhstan.”
“South Korea is very much interested in learning from Kazakhstan’s experience of denuclearization and we hope that North Korea will follow Kazakhstan’s precedence,” he said.