Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 9, 2018

Make North Korea’s Nuclear Test Pause Permanent


In a 38 North Commentary regarding North Korea’s announcement that it will cease nuclear testing, Jon Wolfsthal, director of the Nuclear Crisis Group, calls for the US to use this momentum to urge North Korea to sign the CTBT. In its announcement, North Korea invited US experts and journalists to oversee the closure of Pungyye-ri testing site, and “while welcome, a more appropriate process would be for North Korea or for the UN Security Council to invite [CTBTO]… to oversee this process.”

This puts the CTBT in the spotlight as the goal and cornerstone in North Korea’s future as a nuclear test free nation. As explained in the article, “every effort should be made to ensure that this is not purely focused on the Punggye-ri site, but expanded to provide the basis for banning all future nuclear tests anywhere in North Korea. To achieve this, the United States should encourage North Korea to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)… as part of an initial diplomatic effort to precisely define the current missile and nuclear test freeze and to make it more durable through transparent and legally binding means.”

With the possibility of the test site being shut down, the article highlights the importance to seize the opportunity of DPRK’s newfound willingness and take Kim’s April offer as a starting point in building trust, transparency and barriers to prevent it resuming nuclear activities.

Read the full article here.

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