Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | June 14, 2018

Global Body Questions Kim Site Demolition



In an Deutsche Presse-Agentur interview, reported by SBS News, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, Lassina Zerbo, provided his insight on the demolition of the Punggye-ri test-site, stating that “International experts should inspect North Korea’s nuclear test site to verify whether the explosions that were carried out at the facility last month really destroyed it for good.”

Zerbo raised concerns with the demolition process of the Punggye-ri test-site, pointing out that, “reporters were allowed to stand only 500 meters away from the explosions, even though the blast should have been big enough to destroy the underground test facility… That’s an indication that the explosion wasn’t that big,” he said. “There is an opportunity still, should any expertise be required, to verify that the sites are indeed not usable.” Furthermore, Zerbo acknowledged that his organisation has not yet received any direct signals from any party on the negotiating table, but stated that “We stand ready” to carry out this work.”

Read the full interview here.

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