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Kazakhstan’s leader calls for a nuclear-free world via NHK World

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has called on countries to work together to ban nuclear weapons.

Nazarbayev made the comment in a speech to Japan’s Diet in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Referring to more than 450 nuclear tests held in his country by the former Soviet Union, he said Kazakhstan and Japan have experienced the massive power of weapons of mass destruction. He added that the tests damaged land and peoples’ health.

Nazarbayev said he will pray for the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when he visits Hiroshima on Wednesday.

He said he will call on the world from the city to abolish nuclear weapons. He added that he will urge countries not to make or allow the spread of such weapons, or to carry out nuclear tests.

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