Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | February 12, 2013

North Korean declared nuclear test condemned

The CTBTO monitoring system picked up an unusual seismic signal today in North Korea. North Korean media have announced that the DPRK has conducted a third underground nuclear test.

At 2.57′.51″ UTC, CTBTO monitoring stations detected signals from an unusual seismic event in North Korea. The seismic event measured at 5.0 magnitude, which was higher than the North Korean nuclear tests in 2006 (4.1) and 2009 (4.52). The location of today’s event is largely identical with the two previous ones.

“I am deeply concerned by this action. It constitutes a clear threat to international peace and security and challenges efforts to strengthen global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation,” said Tibor Tóth, head of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), adding that it is “imperative that all countries join and respect the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Nuclear testing needs to end once and for all.” (full statement)

The Chairperson of the CTBTO’s executive body, Ambassador Jan Peterson, said: “Today’s announced nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is of great concern to the international community. The DPRK has once again violated United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding that it not conduct any further nuclear tests. I condemn this act in the strongest possible terms.” (full statement)

According to a statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “The Secretary-General condemns the underground nuclear weapon test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today. It is a clear and grave violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.” (full statement)

CTBTO officials will give a press conference today at the Vienna International Centre. Precise time and venue to be announced here and on all CTBTO social media in due time.

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Background

The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions. The CTBTO is the international organization responsible for ensuring that no nuclear explosions go undetected. CTBTO’s global network of monitoring stations is constantly scanning the world for any sign of a nuclear explosion. There are currently 287 stations in this worldwide system. The data collected by the monitoring stations, as well as their analyses, are shared in near real time with CTBTO Member States.

Information about what the CTBTO has detected will be published on this Newsroom as it becomes available – follow us also on twitter for updates.

For further information on the CTBTO, please see www.ctbto.org – your resource on ending
nuclear testing, or contact:

Annika Thunborg, Spokesperson and Chief, Public Information
T    +43 1 26030-6375
E    annika.thunborg@ctbto.org
M    +43 699 1459 6375

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