Articles by Tariq Rauf

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

International Day Against Nuclear Tests: 75 Years After the First (“Trinity”) Nuclear Test

VIENNA – On July 16, 1945, the first nuclear explosive device was detonated at the Alamogordo Test Range in the New Mexico desert in the United States of America. In the next seven decades nine different countries carried out some 2,060 nuclear explosions, contaminating the atmosphere, lands and space, and polluting the world’s oceans, with…

Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the nuclear suppliers group in 2019-2020

In June 2019, Kazakhstan takes over the Chairmanship of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) from the current chair Latvia. In June 2019, Kazakhstan takes over the Chairmanship of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) from the current chair Latvia. The 2019 session of the NSG Plenary will be held on June 20-21 in Nur-Sultan…