CTBTO stresses importance of monitoring nuclear tests during visit with students

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, highlighted the importance of enforcing a ban on nuclear tests during an address to students of Moscow State Institute of International Relations University on Oct 3.

CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo said a nuclear test that was conducted in North Korea in February demonstrates the importance of having a monitoring system in place to detect and prevent nuclear tests. The CTBTO works to develop and implement methods to enforce the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which was established in 1996.

The International Monitoring System was established by the CTBTO to collect data from around the world on nuclear tests and transmit it back to CTBTO headquarters in Vienna, Austria. IMS has completed 280 of its planned 337 monitoring stations.

IMS stations use seismic, infrasonic, radionuclide and hydro-acoustic monitoring devices to detect nuclear tests. Once the data is transmitted to CTBTO headquarters, officials analyze it for signs of nuclear activity. The data also can be used to monitor natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

In addition to meeting with students of Moscow State Institute of International Relations during his visit to Russia, Zerbo also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, officials from the Ministry of Defense and the State Atomic Energy Corporation.