PRESS RELEASE 137
Visit of Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO
28/11/2018

On 27 and 28 November, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Test-Ban-Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, visited Madrid at the invitation of Minister Josep Borrell.

The CTBTO is the organisation responsible for putting this treaty into practice, one of the essential pillars of the international non-proliferation regime.

Although the treaty has not yet entered into force, the work of the CTBTO, of high quality and with technical maturity, has enabled the detection of the last nuclear tests, including those carried out by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. This is possible thanks to the International Monitoring System (IMS), a network of 296 stations measuring physical parameters which encompasses the entire planet and to which our country contributes by providing the seismological station of Sonseca (Toledo).

During their meeting on Tuesday, 27 November, the Executive Secretary and Minister Josep Borrell addressed the challenges facing the non-proliferation regime, as well as the challenges that the CTBTO must face, the first of which is the entry into force of the treaty. They also discussed the role that the organisation could play for verifying the denuclearisation of North Korea, the only State that has conducted nuclear tests in the 21st century.

During his visit, Dr Zerbo has held a meeting with members of the National Non-Proliferation Committee, has taken part in a breakfast chat with senior Spanish officials and foreign diplomats accredited in Madrid and has visited the facilities of the Energy, Environmental and Technological Research Centre (CIEMAT) and the seismological station of Sonseca (Toledo). Finally, he taught a master class named “Science and Diplomacy in the 21st Century: the CTBTO model”, at the Diplomatic School.

 

 

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