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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of September 16, 1993

1.  RUSSIA-UKRAINE:  NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Q.  Any comment on reports from the Russian military that
Ukraine is taking control of nuclear weapons facilities on its
territories?

A.  -- WE ARE AWARE OF THOSE REPORTS.

--WE UNDERSTAND THAT RUSSIA AND UKRAINE MAY HAVE MADE PROGRESS
ON ISSUES RELATED TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS ON THE TERRITORY OF
UKRAINE, INCLUDING THEIR MAINTENANCE AND THEIR RETURN TO RUSSIA
FOR DISMANTLING.

--WE WELCOME PROGRESS IN THIS AREA.  OF COURSE, THERE ARE ISSUES
THAT REMAIN TO BE RESOLVED.

--WE ARE IN REGULAR CONTACT WITH BOTH PARTIES TO ENCOURAGE THEM
TO CARRY OUT THEIR OTHER OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE STRATEGIC ARMS
REDUCTION TREATY AND THE LISBON PROTOCOL.


2.  KAZAKHSTAN:  
Q.  What is the status of Kazakhstan's nuclear weapons
dismantlement and compliance with START?

A.  -- KAZAKHSTAN HAS RATIFIED THE STRATEGIC ARMS REDUCTION
TREATY (START), THE FIRST STATE TO DO SO.

--THE GOVERNMENT OF KAZAKHSTAN IS WORKING CLOSELY WITHIN THE
START TREATY'S JOINT COMPLIANCE AND INSPECTION COMMITTEE (JCIC)
TO PREPARE FOR START TREATY IMPLEMENTATION.

--WE ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO KAZAKHSTAN'S ACCESSION TO THE NUCLEAR
NONPROLIFERATION TREATY AS A NON-NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATE AT AN
EARLY DATE.
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