Articles by Kairat Umarov

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Kazakhstan-U.S. Strategic Partnership on the Rise

The United States was the first country to recognise our independence and establish diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan in December 1991. During the short period since then, bilateral cooperation has intensified in almost all areas and the relationship between the two countries has been firmly established at the level of strategic partnership. Political dialogue at the…

Put Kazakhstan on the UN Security Council

Upon gaining its independence in 1991, Kazakhstan became the world’s fourth largest nuclear power, only to voluntarily renounce its entire atomic arsenal shortly thereafter. We closed the world’s second largest nuclear test site, blended down three tons of highly enriched uranium for peaceful use and helped establish a “nuclear weapon free zone” across Central Asia…