2012 Nuclear Security Summit kicks off in Seoul

2012 Nuclear Security Summit kicks off in SeoulSEOUL. March 26. KAZINFORM Opening ceremony of the second Nuclear Security Summit took place at the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul on Monday, March 26.

After the official welcome ceremony the heads of state and government of 53 countries as well as heads of four international organizations gathered for a working dinner to review the progress made since the 2010 Washington Summit.

SEOUL. March 26. KAZINFORM Today, ahead of the bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Seoul, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev once again called on countries aspiring to have nuclear weapons, including Iran, to give up their dangerous plans.

“As you have noted in this regard Kazakhstan has made a lot: closed the largest nuclear test site in Semipalatinsk, voluntarily renounced its nuclear arsenal, which included 1100 nuclear warheads. During these years, together with the United States and Russia we held a lot of work to eliminate nuclear test site infrastructure and nuclear facilities, which is very important for the people of Kazakhstan, who suffered from nuclear tests,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said in his speech.

“With this we have reached a strategic partnership. The United States invested in Kazakhstan USD 20 billion of direct investment. In general, it is 80% of all investments in Central Asia. I think it is an example. I always say about it. I call upon all states seeking to have nuclear weapons, including Iran, to follow the example of Kazakhstan and get the benefit for their peoples,” the Kazakh President said.