Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following statement:
“The Department of Defense was pleased to join counterparts from the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation to celebrate the completion of all nonproliferation work at the Degelen Mountain test area on the former Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan.
“A ceremony today in Kurchatov, Kazakhstan, commemorated the success of this trilateral effort to eliminate the remnants of past nuclear testing activities and to bring the test site to a safe and secure state. A monument sponsored by the government of Kazakhstan was unveiled and individuals who made a significant contribution were recognized.
“This collaborative effort, announced at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit by the Presidents of the United States, Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Russian Federation, has been unprecedented in terms of actions to combat the threat of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.”