An exercise to inspect a simulated nuclear test site is to be conducted from 1 to 12 November 2010, beside the Dead Sea in Jordan. A team of more than 35 international experts has been assembled by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). They will determine whether a nuclear test explosion was conducted by a fictitious country in violation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) that outlaws all nuclear explosions.
Jordan is hosting the exercise, to be played within a 1000 square km zone beside the Dead Sea. It is located about 50 km south of Amman and extends to Karak.
On-site inspections can be requested only after the Treaty enters into force.
CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth said that on-site inspections were the final layer in the Treaty’s verification regime to make sure that no nuclear explosion goes undetected. “Facts gathered directly on the ground during an inspection help States to establish whether or not a nuclear explosion did indeed take place,” Tóth said.
Director of the Exercise, Matjaž Prah, said that the focus of the simulation is to “test ground visual observation techniques and communications, to help prepare inspectors and fine tune inspection methodology.”
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