Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | February 22, 2018

North Korea Crisis: UN official says is hopeful of Seoul-Pyongyang rapprochement

In an interview with France 24 regarding nuclear-related issues, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo addressed important global concerns, such as North Korea and the Iran Deal.

Despite North Koreas’s last minute withdrawal from meeting US Vice President Mike Pence, Zerbo highlights the hope of rapprochement and dialogue with the international community in light of the Winter Olympics. “Ever the optimist,” as the moderator describes Zerbo, she also asked about the importance of the Iran Deal, where Zerbo expressed the view that the “Iran deal today is one of its kind because it’s the only multilateral agreement to date for the past decade that we can see in arms control or non-proliferation and disarmament. So there is an opportunity here to preserve it, to find a way to compromise as we move forward to creating the condition for other agreements in arms control to happen.”

Questioned about the US nuclear policy, the ES explains that while the US supports a moratorium against nuclear testing, it still opposes the ratification of the CTBT, emphasizing that there is “still work to do”. This was elaborated on when asked what steps the CTBTO is taking regarding nations that haven’t ratified the treaty, explaining that “we hope… the United States and China can find a way or an understanding where they build the trust or confidence necessary to get the constituents to move on this treaty.”

Watch the full interview on France 24’s YouTube channel.

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