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Reaction in Kazakhstan to Trump's decision to waive restrictions on uranium import

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The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan commented on the decision of the U.S. President Donald Trump on refusing to impose trade restrictions on uranium import, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the press service of the Ministry.

"Kazakhstan was pleased with the decision of the U.S. President D. Trump not to impose trade restrictions on uranium imports, which were initiated in July 2018 by the United States Department of Commerce," the report says.

It is noted that Kazakhstan and the United States have a long and successful record of cooperation in the energy sector, which in the 28 years of independence has reached the level of strategic partnership.

"One of the successful mechanisms for strengthening bilateral relations is the Joint Commission for energy partnership, within which cooperation in the field of nuclear safety, nuclear industry, oil and gas, development of renewable energy sources and electric power industry are discussed," the Ministry of Energy noted.

The Ministry stressed that Kazakhstan attaches special importance to development of bilateral cooperation in the nuclear industry and strengthening of non-proliferation regime.

"Within the framework of the existing bilateral commissions, events and personal meetings, the ministries of energy, foreign affairs and national economy have done work to protect the national interests of Kazakhstan and prevent imposition of sanctions on uranium imports. Kazakhstan is a leader in the uranium production and one of the guarantors of uninterrupted operation of nuclear power plants around the world, including the United States. The technology of uranium mining in Kazakhstan is recognized by the IAEA as environmentally friendly and safe," – the Ministry concluded.


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