CTBTO ES Lassina Zerbo will be in the Republic of Korea for his first official visit from 10 to 13 August. He will meet with the Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and discuss banning all nuclear testing and ways to deepen cooperation between the Korea and the CTBTO. Zerbo will also visit the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral resources (KIGAM), the Korea National Diplomatic Academy and the inter-Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ). A press briefing will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the morning of August 13.
Korea was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the CTBT (on 24 September 1996 and 24 September 1999 respectively). The country hosts a seismic station at Wonju city in the Gangwon Province, which played an important role in detecting the three nuclear tests conducted by the DPRK. Korea has also hosted several CTBTO workshops and trainings, see here for details.
6 August 2014 See also press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Korea.
13 August 2014 Press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea on the meeting of Foreign Minister with CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo.
“They discussed a range of issues, including the North Korean nuclear issue, responses in case of another nuclear test by North Korea, an early effectuation of the CTBT, and ways to enhance cooperation between the ROK and the CTBTO… Zerbo shared the concern over North Korea’s threats of additional nuclear test. He also explained that the CTBTO has been able to detect any nuclear tests conducted on earth, including those by North Korea, by continuing to strengthen its ability to verify nuclear tests.”
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