Media Advisory - Media Stakeout on DPRK Announced Test

Vienna, 9 September 2016

Following a meeting of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission at 10.30 today, 9 September, which will include a technical briefing on the unusual seismic event detected in the Korean Peninsula earlier today, media representatives are invited to a press stakeout.

The stakeout will take place immediately after the Member States briefing, Friday, 9 September 2016, outside Board Room C (C-Building, 4th floor), Vienna International Centre. Expected start: 11:30

Statements are expected from:
H.E. Cristian Istrate,
Chairperson of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO
H.E. Song Young-wan,
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna
Dr. Lassina Zerbo,
CTBTO Executive Secretary


Journalists with permanent accreditation to the VIC need no further credentials. All others must seek accreditation (contact Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer (+43-1) 26060-3342 Accreditation will be at the Gate 1 entrance to the VIC.

Photo Op: 10:25
Prior to the meeting of the Preparatory Commission, accredited media will be allowed into Board Room C for a brief photo opportunity.
News Updates
The CTBTO Newsroom will be updated as new information becomes available. You will also find links to download broadcast quality loosely cut B-roll for broadcasters and image packages in the Newsroom. For information on the four previous North Korean announced nuclear tests: January 2016 / 2013 / 2009 / 2006.
North Korea is one of few States that have not yet signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear explosions.
A verification regime is being built to monitor compliance with the Treaty. Around 90 percent of the 337 facilities in the International Monitoring System are already in place; see interactive map. The Member States are provided with data collected by the monitoring stations, as well as data analyses prepared by the International Data Centre in Vienna, Austria. Once the Treaty has entered into force, an on-site inspection can be invoked in case of a suspicious event.

For further information on the CTBT, please see - your resource on ending nuclear testing, or contact:
Elisabeth Wächter,
Chief of Public Information
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Kirsten Gregorich Hansen,
Public Information Officer
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