DPRK nuclear test “a wrong step in the wrong direction”: CTBTO

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Comparison of the first automatic location estimates of the 2006, 2009 and 2013 declared nuclear tests by North Korea. CTBTO

"This is a wrong step in the wrong direction," the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said in a statement Tuesday in denouncing the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK.

Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth says "early in the morning, the international monitoring system of the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization detected a suspicious event on the territory of North Korea. ”

He says while "historically, there are very few seismic events on the territory of the DPRK,…. the event location is congruent with those locations which were the 2006 and the 2009 nuclear test explosions.”

"The important element is that the member states of the Test-Ban Treaty and the organization are observing a silence of nuclear explosions. There is a no test environment for this millennium with the exception of one country, the DPRK.  This DPRK-announced nuclear explosion is going in the wrong direction, this is a wrong step in the wrong direction and this is a challenge to this norm observed by the international community of not carrying out nuclear weapon explosions." (36 secs)

Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear test Ban Treaty Tibor Toth says the explosion was "of magnitude 4.9."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:   1’22″

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