Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | September 25, 2018

Diplomacia científica en acción: Corea del Norte y la prohibición de pruebas

Portrait Dr Lassina Zerbo CTBTO 2015

Portrait Dr Lassina Zerbo CTBTO 2015 by Photo Simonis

Title translation: Science Diplomacy in action: North Korea and the prohibition of tests

“The concept of science diplomacy is not new, but it makes more and more sense in a world marked by increasing complexity,” writes CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo in an op-ed for EFE, the Spanish international news agency. It is logical that scientific experience is fundamental in the search for solutions to political problems, he writes, and it can “transcend political differences and build trust.” It is for this reason that “the CTBT is one of the best examples of the nexus between science and diplomacy, and can be of service in resolving the crisis on the Korean peninsula,” says Zerbo. With trust a keyword in the North Korean crisis, the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) missed an opportunity to provide additional confidence in its declared intention to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” Zerbo writes,

Therefore, the “CTBTO is ready, within the framework of its mandate, to make available its experience and monitoring capacity as part of any process led by the United States – or the international community – to provide reliable verification of the irreversible dismantling of the test site,” says Zerbo.

Read the full op-ed (in Spanish) here.

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