11 nuclear monitoring stations in China now sending data

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Lassina Zerbo

A total of eleven International Monitoring System stations hosted in China are now sending data to the UN's nuclear test ban organization.

Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) hailed this step as a "significant achievement" in enhancing the system's global coverage.

CTBTO is building a verification system to detect any nuclear explosion.

Speaking at a press briefing, Mr. Zerbo said the stations were built ten years ago, but had not been functional.

"On China, we will have a total of 11 stations in China that are part of the international monitoring system. China by now agreeing to send data as part of this framework, I think it is a step towards showing their commitment and also joining the international community in making sure that the international monitoring system is relevant. And we hope that this is a little step towards their ratification. But let's mention that a small step from a big country is a big step for the international community."

Mr. Zerbo said he hoped countries that had not yet ratified the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty would do so, including the United States and China.

The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty prohibits the testing of nuclear weapons in space, underwater or in the atmosphere.

The Treaty, adopted by the UN General Assembly, opened for signature on 24 September 1996 and will remain open for signature until its entry into force.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1'38''


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