Kang calls for CTBTO’s support for peninsula peace efforts

SEOUL, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha called on the chief of a nuclear test ban treaty organization Monday to continue its support for Seoul's efforts for denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, her ministry said.

Kang held talks with Lassina Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), in Seoul over the security situation in Korea and cooperation with the international organization.

"Minister Kang noted the CTBTO's role in the detection of nuclear tests vis-a-vis North Korea's nuclear issue, and asked Executive Secretary Zerbo to continue his interest and support for the efforts for the complete denuclearization of the North and the establishment of an enduring peace on the peninsula," the ministry said in a press release.

The CTBTO chief said in response that his organization will back Seoul's peace efforts.

Zerbo also voiced hope for the early effectuation of the nuclear test ban treaty.

The treaty was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1996 but has not gone into force as eight specific countries, including North Korea, India, Pakistan and Iran, have yet to ratify it.

The executive secretary came here on Thursday for a six-day visit to attend an international forum and meet with South Korean officials.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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