Portrait Dr Lassina Zerbo CTBTO 2015

Portrait Dr Lassina Zerbo CTBTO 2015 by Photo Simonis

Title translation: Science Diplomacy in action: North Korea and the prohibition of tests

“The concept of science diplomacy is not new, but it makes more and more sense in a world marked by increasing complexity,” writes CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo in an op-ed for EFE, the Spanish international news agency. It is logical that scientific experience is fundamental in the search for solutions to political problems, he writes, and it can “transcend political differences and build trust.” It is for this reason that “the CTBT is one of the best examples of the nexus between science and diplomacy, and can be of service in resolving the crisis on the Korean peninsula,” says Zerbo. With trust a keyword in the North Korean crisis, the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) missed an opportunity to provide additional confidence in its declared intention to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” Zerbo writes,

Therefore, the “CTBTO is ready, within the framework of its mandate, to make available its experience and monitoring capacity as part of any process led by the United States – or the international community – to provide reliable verification of the irreversible dismantling of the test site,” says Zerbo.

Read the full op-ed (in Spanish) here.

Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | August 31, 2018

Kazakh FM, CTBTO Executive Secretary made joint statement

Kazakh FM, CTBTO Executive Secretary made joint statement

Highlighting the International Day against Nuclear Tests, Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, issued a joint statement in which they state that “It is high time to bring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty into force. We owe it to ourselves, and to future generations.”

See full statement here.

On the occasion of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, marked on 29 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that “every effort should be made to bring a global treaty into force.” In his message, he refers to the CTBT as a nearly universal treaty, but lacking the necessary ratifications from eight countries.

“The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has an essential role within the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime,” the UN chief said. “It fosters international peace and security by constraining the development of nuclear weapons. Our collective security demands that every effort should be made to bring this essential treaty into force.”

CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo also highlighted the importance of pressing for the entry into force of the Treaty. “As long as the Treaty is not in force, the established international norm against nuclear testing and the global verification system that has been developed over the past two decades are at risk. I urge the last eight countries to ratify the Treaty and I appeal to others to renew their efforts in supporting it.”

Read the full statement here.

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