Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 4, 2018

CTBTO 사무총장 “북한 핵실험장 폐쇄 검증 기꺼이 할 것”

Title translation from Korean: CTBTO Executive Secretary: “We are willing to verify North Korea’s nuclear test site shutdown”

“We are ready,” said CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo in an interview with RFA (Radio Free Asia). With this, Zerbo is referring to the possibility of CTBTO inspectors contributing to international efforts to monitor and verify the closure of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site. While Zerbo notes that there has been no direct contact with North Korean authorities until now, in light of recent developments, he is hopeful that “North Korea has not closed [its] door” on the CTBTO.

With the possibility of shutting down North Korea’s nuclear test site, Zerbo highlights the role CTBTO could play in the country’s denuclearization process via its monitoring and verification regime, and uses France as an example to highlight CTBTO’s contribution during the dismantling of their nuclear test site in 1998. However, he also stressed the importance of three-way cooperation between the CTBTO, the International Atomic Energy Agency and possibly the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in North Korea’s denuclearization process.

Read the full article here.

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