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Kazakhstan’s multivector diplomacy useful in disarmament, nonproliferation

January 22, 2018
By Joel Lee

Having voluntarily renounced its atomic arsenal in 1991, Kazakhstan urges North Korea to abandon its nuclear aspirations and capitalizes on its nonpermanent membership in the United Nations Security Council for a world free of weapons of mass destruction, according to the Kazakh Embassy in Seoul. Kazakhstan assumed the presidency of the supreme body of five permanent members -- nuclear powers the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain and France -- and 10 nonpermanent members in January. Its 2017-18 seat on the UNSC -- the world’s highest decision-making body exclusively dealing with matters of peace and security -- as the first Central Asian member is the culmination of six years of strenuous diplomacy, said Anuar Ayazbekov, director of Kazakhstan’s Institute of Diplomacy at the Academy of Public Administration, in an article for the Diplomat.
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