07ASTANA1116, KAZAKHSTAN COMMITTED TO NPT

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07ASTANA1116 2007-04-26 10:52 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO7947
RR RUEHAST
DE RUEHTA #1116 1161052
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 261052Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9267
INFO RUEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY

UNCLAS ASTANA 001116 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NPT COLLECTIVE 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN (O'MARA) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ENRG KNNP MNUC PARM PREL NPT KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN COMMITTED TO NPT 
 
REF: STATE 54147 
 
1. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel points to Kayrat Sarzhanov, 
MFA International Security Department Advisor, who welcomed 
the information and emphasized Kazakhstan's commitment to the 
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). 
Sarzhanov noted that Kazakhstan condemned North Korea's 
violations of its NPT obligation and has strongly supported 
the UN resolutions aimed at North Korea.  Kazakhstan has also 
pushed for greater transparency from Iran, according to 
Sarzhanov.  Last week, he said, President Nazarbayev stated 
in a speech at the Eurasian Media Forum that Iran must prove 
to the world that it only seeks to develop a peaceful nuclear 
program.  (Note: In the same speech, Nazarbayev called the 
NPT "inefficient."  In some parts of the world, he claimed, 
the Treaty is considered "unfair" and as establishing 
obligations only for non-nuclear states.  His criticism of 
the NPT was part of a larger condemnation of "elite 
approaches to international policy-making." End note) 
 
2. (SBU) Sarzhanov expressed interest in U.S. support for 
expanded use of nuclear power as an energy source. 
Kazakhstan has already signed nuclear cooperation agreements 
with EU and Russia, he said.  Sarzhanov added that Kazakhstan 
would like to further strengthen its cooperative relationship 
with Russia and will look to do so during President Putin's 
visit in May. 
ORDWAY

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