A workshop is underway from in Ramat-Gan, Israel, from 12 to 16 April in to review and analyse the major on-site inspection exercise, the Integrated Field Exercise IFE14. The exercise was conducted by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Jordan from 3 November to 9 December last year, as part of the build-up of its verification regime.
Around 100 experts specializing in nuclear physics, geophysics, seismology, communication, health / safety and other verification-related areas from 30 countries will participate. This workshop is the first in a series of IFE14 follow-up activities.
CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo opened the workshop’s high-level segment, which was attended by diplomats and nuclear policy experts.
from left: Jacek Bylica, European Union External Action Service, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament; Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff, Deputy Director General for Strategic Affairs in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Vladimir Voronkov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna; CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo; David Danieli, Deputy Director General and Head of the Policy Division, Israel Atomic Energy Commission; (seen from the back:) Gideon Frank, Former Director General of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission
While in Israel, Zerbo met with Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Intelligence and Strategic Affairs, with Shaul Chorey, Head of the Israel Atomic Energy Agency, with Tzipi Livni, former Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs, as well as with other high-level officials. Zerbo last visited Israel in March 2014.
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