May 20, 1992 |
After months of dickering, the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan agreed Tuesday to give up all the nuclear weapons on its territory, a move that will leave Russia as the only nuclear power among the states of the former Soviet Union. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had argued earlier that his nation should be allowed to keep some long-range nuclear missiles, told President Bush in a White House meeting that he will accede to the U.S.
November 24, 1994 |
Kazakhstan's decision to transfer half a ton of weapons-grade uranium to the United States involved months of top-secret negotiations, assembly of a garage-size processing facility in remote Ulba and a clandestine airlift, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Details of the operation, which was designed to prevent the uranium from falling into the hands of rogue Third World governments, were revealed Wednesday, a day after U.S.
March 16, 2005 |
A bitterly cold wind was blasting across the open steppe, making it so hard for President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev to catch his breath that he could barely speak while inspecting a construction site. Nazarbayev has long had big plans for Astana. A decade ago, newspaper editor Vladimir Kochenov recalled, the president's visit here cemented his determination to turn it into a spectacular new capital at the geographic heart of the nation.