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Kazakhstan calls on North Korea to follow lead on nuclear weapons

Nazarbayev touts experience of renouncing arms at Security Council meeting

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev speaks at the Security Council meeting.   © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- Kazakhstan's decision to become a nuclear-free state after gaining independence from the Soviet Union should serve as a guiding example for other countries, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Thursday, urging North Korea to do the same.

"We have achieved a high international standing, specifically by renouncing nuclear weapons and securing nonaggression safeguards from nuclear powers," Nazarbayev said at a U.N. Security Council meeting.

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