Kazakhstan is calling upon North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, Tengrinews reports citing IA Novosti-Kazakhstan.
“We urge our North Korean partners to consider the experience of Kazakhstan that voluntarily renounced its nuclear arsenal and closed down the test site [Semipalatinsk]," Nazarbayev said in a press statement after this week's talks with his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye, who was on a state visit in Astana.
He added that "nuclear weapons do not increase security of any country but create distrust towards it in the whole world”.
North Korea is among those few countries that possess nuclear weapons. In 2003 it withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 2006 it conducted its first nuclear test. In 2009 DPRK announced that it had developed a nuclear weapon.
In contrast with DPRK, Kazakhstan gave up its nuclear capacities voluntarily after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Back in the day when the USSR was collapsing, Kazakhstan could have become the fourth largest nukes power in the world. However, it gave up the weapons because of high costs of maintaining it on its soil and many complications that arose from possession of such an arsenal, both technical and political. In turn, Kazakhstan received international recognition and trust as a responsible member of the international community.
Kazakhstan successfully launches KazEOSat-2
Kazakhstan has launched KazEOSat-2, its second medium resolution Earth observation satellite, from Russia., Tengrinews reports citing the press office of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan (Kazcosmos).
The second Kazakh Earth sensing satellite was launched on June 20, 2014 at 01:11 a.m. Astana time from Yasny space center onboard of a Dnepr rocket carrier. The Head of Kazcosmos Talgat Musabayev attended the launch of the satellite.
According to SSTL, the satellite “will deliver 77km swath, multi-spectral images with a resolution of 6.5 metres for agricultural and resource monitoring, disaster management and land use mapping”.
“The launch of the Kazakh satellite KazEOSat-2 added a new 6.5 meter ground resolution satellite vehicle to the Earth Remote Sensing Satellite System (ERSSS). All in all, Kazakh ERSSS has two satellites and a ground station for data recording, processing and distribution,” Kazcosmos said.
KazEOSat-2 was produced by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), a part of Air Defence and Space.