Kazakhstan does not possess nuclear weapons, although it inherited substantial nuclear facilities and weapons following the collapse of the Soviet Union, including the largest nuclear test site in the world, the Polygon at Semipalatinsk. Responding to international concerns, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine agreed to the 1992 Lisbon Protocol (which joined these three newly independent states to the 1991 START Treaty, together with Russia and the US). In accordance with this they transfered their legacy nuclear armaments to Russia and dismantled or transformed all relevant nuclear facilities. In 1993, Kazakhstan joined the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) as a Non-Nuclear Weapon State (NNWS) though it did not finalise the transfer of all its nuclear weapons to Russia until 1995. It has signed and ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and supports the CTBTO by hosting verification exercises. In 2009-10 the UN adopted a resolution sponsored by Kazakhstan for the August 29th anniversary of the 1991 closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site to be commemorated as a designated International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

Kazakhstan is a state party to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) and is a state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). As at January 2012, Kazakhstan has not signed the Mine Ban Treaty or the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). It is a member of the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament (CD) and a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). It is a signatory to the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone (NWFZ) Treaty, often called the Semipalatinsk Treaty.

In October 2013, Kazakhstan was one of 125 countries to sign the Joint statement on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons from the UN First Committee.

25 March 2014

Thirty-five nations participating in this week's Nuclear Security Summit here agreed to sign onto a declaration aimed at bringing the international community closer to a universal and legally binding nuclear-security regime.

Spearheaded by the Netherlands, the United States and South...

19 September 2012

 Kazakh authorities could finalize before January a deal to become home to a planned multilateral repository of nuclear power plant fuel, Kazakhstan Today on Wednesday quoted a senior state atomic official as saying.

The Kazakh government-run...

13 May 2014

On Friday, the UN-hosted meeting of around 140 of the 190 states that are party to the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons  (NPT) ended with...

14 March 2014

As the world looks on with trepidation at the growing crisis between Ukraine and Russia, does anyone think that the nuclear arsenals of Russia and the United States could play a constructive role?

Of course not.

At best they will be irrelevant. At worst—and many commentators...

35 countries: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cze ch Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, It aly, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Ze aland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Vietnam
25 March 2014

The attached PDF is the joint statement by 35 states participating in the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by the Netherlands on 24 and 25 March 2014.

The original is available to view...

125 UN members states (delivered by Amb Dell Higgie of New Zealand)
21 October 2013

Mr Chairman

I am taking the floor on behalf of the following Member States: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodi,...

25 March 2012

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to bring forward initiatives at the Global Nuclear Security summit in Seoul on 26 and 27 March 2012. [101256]

 Alistair Burt: The Deputy Prime Minister will lead the UK delegation to the...