Kazakhstan criticizes North Korea Nuclear Test

    Kazakhstan is concerned about test of nuclear weapons conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kazakhstan Today reports citing the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
    "The Republic of Kazakhstan expresses concern regarding the test of nuclear weapons by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conducted for the second time for the last three years," the text of the statement says.
    "Kazakhstan, as a country that gave up its nuclear weapons and made a significant contribution to the process of global disarmament, strongly condemns the practice of conducting of nuclear tests continued despite the appeals of the international community," the Foreign Ministry said.
    "We are confident this step will have a very negative effect on the process of global non-proliferation and is a threat to security, both regional and global”.
    "The Republic of Kazakhstan urges North Korea to immediately return to the negotiating table to discuss the nuclear issue in a six-nation format, involving China, Russia, the United States of America, South Korea and Japan and fully abandon nuclear ambitions”.
    North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test on May 25, 2009, according to Kazakhstan Today, and Kazinform.