Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 22, 2018

Why North Korea is Destroying its Nuclear Test Site

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North Korea’s announced that the dismantlement of their nuclear testing site is set to take place this week as Catherine Dill writes on the BBC. However, concerns regarding the State’s true denuclearization are prevalent, as it is still not clear if experts were invited alongside journalists to observe the process. The article further explains that invitation of experts is needed to have full transparency, stating,  “Inviting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) would allow confirmation that the test site is no longer capable of conducting nuclear tests. The organisation, a UN-backed monitoring group that aims to ban nuclear tests worldwide, maintains a network of sensors to ensure that none is being conducted. Its experts would be able to give a technical judgement about the completeness of the test site destruction.”

DPRK’s verification and compliance also requires the remaining nuclear facilities to be continually monitored, as “without continuous intrusive monitoring by international inspectors, North Korea could restart its nuclear weapons programme within a matter of years.”

To read the full article here.

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