The world community is thankful to Kazakhstan for fighting nuclear weapons

Aug 18. Kazpravda. Ust-Kamenogorsk

By Svetlana Abenova

The world community is thankful to Kazakhstan for fighting nuclear weaponsThe whole world and the U.S. are grateful to Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev for anti-nuclear movement.

U.S. Ambassador to RK Kenneth Fairfax visited Ust-Kamenogorsk for the first time to meet with Berdybek Saparbayev, East Kazakhstan oblast governor.

A week earlier, Kenneth Fairfax took part in VII International conference “Monitoring of nuclear tests and their consequences” in Kurchatov. Kazakhstan and the United States are closely cooperating in nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.

Within the last 20 years, Kazakhstan has been gradually implementing anti-nuclear policy: the first step was closure of Semipalatinsk test site and rejection from nuclear arsenal, the second – placement of a nuclear fuel bank.

The governor talked on fruitful cooperation between local enterprises and American businesses: cooperation of Ust-Kamenogorsk titanium-magnesium plant and the US enterprises is growing.

In the end of the meeting Berdybek Saparbayev invited the U.S. Ambassador to take part in a large anti-nuclear forum, scheduled for August 27-29 in Astana, Semei and Kurchatov.


• August 29, 1991 – the RK Government’s decree closed the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. RK President’s Decree № 409.

• November 26, 1991 – the Great Britain conducted the last nuclear test.

• September 23, 1992 – the last nuclear test was made in the U.S.. Starting from 1945, the United States made 1 054 nuclear explosions, not taking into account the two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

• January 27, 1996 – France carried out the last nuclear explosion on the Fangataufa Atoll. After that J. Chirac announced termination of nuclear testing by France.

• July 29, 1996 – China held the last nuclear test, after that they declared that Beijing temporarily stops nuclear tests on July 30, 1996. This date was devoted to Den Xyanzyan, “pioneer – the creator of the two bombs”.