UN nuclear test-ban body to meet after North Korea test

May 25th, 2009 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Vienna, May 25 (DPA) The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) was set to meet Monday in Vienna, following North Korea’s announcement of a second nuclear test.
The news of the test by the regime in Pyongyang was condemned by CTBTO chief Tibor Toth.

The UN’s test-ban body did not confirm or deny observations by South Korea and the US of an artificial earthquake near Poongkye-ri in North Hamkyong province Monday.

But Executive Secretary Toth said in a statement that “today’s nuclear test claimed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) constitutes a threat to international peace and security and to the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime.”

The Hungarian diplomat said he was “gravely concerned” about North Korea’s step, which “deserves universal condemnation”.

After North Korea’s first underground atomic test in October 2006, the CTBTO’s global network of seismic stations helped to confirm its location and magnitude. In addition, one of the organisation’s chemical detectors in Canada picked up a chemical released in the nuclear explosion.

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