12 February 2013, Vienna, Austria
Broadcast quality video and audio statement from Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Tóth on the declared North Korean nuclear test is available, free of rights, for broadcasters to download.
“Early in the morning today, the international monitoring system of the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization detected a suspicious event on the territory of North Korea. To put it in a context, historically there are very few seismic events on the territory of the DPRK. Number two, the event location is congruent with those locations which were the 2006 and the 2009 nuclear test explosions. This suspicious event is of magnitude 4.9.”
“The important element is that the member states of the Test-Ban Treaty and the organization are observing a silence of nuclear explosions. There is a no test environment for this millennium with the exception of one country, the DPRK.”
“This DPRK-announced nuclear explosion is going in the wrong direction, this is a wrong step in the wrong direction and this is a challenge to this norm observed by the international community of not carrying out nuclear weapon explosions.”
B-Roll of three of the four technologies used by the CTBTO’s International Monitori System (radionuclide, seismic, infrasound) as well as analysts processing data at the CTBTO’s International Data Centre in Vienna is also available.
More material for broadcasters on the technical detection of North Korea’s declared test will be posted here, on the Newsroom, as soon as it becomes available. Read the advisory about the press conference.
A total of 183 States have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT); of these, 159 countries have also ratified the Treaty. To enter into force, however, the CTBT must be signed and ratified by 44 specific States. These States participated in the negotiations of the Treaty in 1996 and possessed nuclear power or research reactors at the time. Thirty-six of these States have ratified the Treaty, including the three nuclear weapon States －France, Russia and the United Kingdom. Of the eight remaining States, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel and the United States have signed the Treaty, whereas the DPRK, India and Pakistan have not yet signed it. The most recent “nuclear technology holder” State to ratify was Indonesia in February 2012.
A verification regime is being built to monitor compliance with the Treaty. Around 85 percent of the 337 facilities in the International Monitoring System are already in place; see interactive map. The Member States are provided with data collected by the monitoring stations, as well as data analyses prepared by the International Data Centre in Vienna, Austria. Once the Treaty has entered into force, an on-site inspection can be invoked in case of a suspicious event.
The North Korean nuclear tests on 9 October 2006 and 25 May 2009 were detected immediately by the CTBTO’s monitoring stations.
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