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Kazakhstan, like Iran, is resource-rich. And while income distribution in the former Communist country has a decidedly capitalist inequality, most have benefited from the extraction economy.
Iran has oil wealth, too — but the country is squandering its opportunity to help its people because of the nuclear standoff.
Back at the National Nuclear Center, Berezin was asked about Iran. He paused before saying, “I can only comment as a citizen [of Kazakhstan]. I would say do not torture yourself and your own economy, because it is extremely expensive, and the consequences are impossible to predict.”
John Rash is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. The Rash Report can be heard at 8:20 a.m. Fridays on WCCO Radio, 830-AM. On Twitter: @rashreport.
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