Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | January 30, 2013

Associated Press reports on CTBTO’s detection capabilities in case of North Korean nuclear test

The article “UN, experts poised to confirm any NKorean blast” reports on how the CTBTO’s monitoring system will be in a position to detect and confirm whether North Korea has conducted a third nuclear test regardless of whether North Korea announce it or not.


“The best indication of a test will be seismic tremors and gases released into the air, phenomena that the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty identified from previous testing.”


“The Vienna-based organization’s most potent detection tools are more than 150 seismic stations across the globe. Although very small in yield, North Korea’s first test in 2006 was picked up by the CTBTO, as was a second test in 2009.”

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