Articles by Karipbek Kuyukov

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Nuclear Weapons Race Should Stop

The recent 3rd International Conference on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons has shown an encouraging trend – the growing realisation by the world community of the urgent need to take more robust steps towards nuclear disarmament. Even more encouraging was the fact that among the 158 countries represented in Vienna earlier in December were three…

I Have a Dream: A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

This opinion was first published by Al Jazeera on Aug. 28. The UN International Day against Nuclear Tests on August 29 is an opportunity to remind the world about the inhumane consequences of nuclear explosions. It is a day which has a special meaning for the many thousands of people who, like me, grew up…

My experience of the nuclear horror

As world leaders gather for the United Nations High-level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament in New York, I would like to deliver a short message from the survivors of nuclear weapons testing in Kazakhstan. The perpetual question of whether to pursue the nuclear arms race or eradicate nuclear weapons has divided international opinion. Experts, politicians and…

Let Us Act before It Is Too Late

I want to address the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a survivor of nuclear weapons testing with the words of Kazakhstan’s writer Rollan Seysenbayev: “Pursuing nuclear superiority cannot be an act of self-defence of any country in the world. The souls of us all – Asians, Europeans Africans, Americans tremble alike…