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The The threat of nuclear insecurity keeps the world on the edge of catastrophe. Waging peace takes courage, vision and an unwavering commitment to nuclear responsibility. Twenty years ago upon its Independence, Kazakhstan, under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, renounced their nuclear weapons arsenal, the world's fourth largest. Semipalantinsk – the second largest nuclear weapons testing site in the world and a place of untold human tragedy – was shut down. Kazakhstan's leadership has proven they have the courage, shown they have the vision, and lived through their actions, their steadfast commitment to developing a nuclear safe world.

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The story of Kazakhstan’s nuclear disarmament and contribution to non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction began in 1991 when President Nursultan Nazarbayev made the far-sighted decision to shut down the world’s second largest nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk.


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A total of 456nuclear tests were conducted at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, including 116 above ground tests.

The first Soviet nuclear test at Semipalatinsk on August 29, 1949, announced the Soviet Union’s entry into the arms race with the United States.


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