CTBTO Executive Secretary Zerbo plans to visit China

Lassina Zerbo, the new executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, recently announced plans to take a trip to China on August 4.

During his week-long stay in China, Zerbo plans to meet with Foreign Minister Wang Yi, along with other high-level officials, visit a CTBTO monitoring station that is being installed in Kunming and deliver a keynote address at a workshop on nuclear arms control.

"My first official visit is to China, in recognition of China's importance in paving the way for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty," Zerbo said. "I will encourage China to take the lead for ratification by the Annex 2 States. I wish to build upon the already fruitful cooperation with China. My visit aims to address the sustainability of a credible verification system through the provision of data to the CTBTO's International Data Centre and thus to all States Signatories."

Zerbo's trip will be one of his first actions as CTBTO executive secretary.

The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions and limits nuclear stockpiles. To date, 183 countries have signed the CTBT with 159 ratifying the treaty.