CTBTO Executive Secretary Zerbo discusses nuclear weapons with Japan

Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Dr. Lassina Zerbo left for Japan on Sunday to discuss nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Zerbo will be in Japan until Nov. 23rd. He was invited by the Japanese government and will meet with executive officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, experts on non-proliferation and experts on nuclear disarmament to discuss the early entry into force of the CTBT.

Zerbo will discuss opposing views of the treaty, visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima and give lectures at local universities during his visit to Japan.

The CTBT prohibits the detonation of nuclear weapons for the means of testing or any other reason in any place, including the atmosphere, in large bodies of water, underground or in outer space. The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization is responsible for overseeing the global implementation and adherence to the CTBT.

The CTBTO verifies the use of nuclear weapons through its International Monitoring System. When complete, it will have 337 facilities around the world focused on the monitoring of nuclear testing and explosions. More than 85 percent of the facilities are currently up and running and help detect both nuclear explosions and potential natural disasters to come.