S. Korea’s top diplomat, CTBTO head discuss counteraction to N. Korea’s nuke tests

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se met with the steering committee head for an international test ban treaty to discuss counteraction to North Korea's recent nuclear tests, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

"The international community's strong response is more important than ever in order to settle North Korean nuclear issues, especially at a time the North's two nuclear tests this year created a serious security situation," Yun said during his meeting with Lassina Zerbo, the executive secretary of the preparatory committee for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

The meeting was held in Vienna, Austria, on Monday on the sidelines of an International Atomic Energy Agency conference.

With monitoring and verification missions, the CTBTO will be launched when the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear tests explosions, enters into force.

During the meeting, Yun requested the CTBTO committee join the international community's efforts to deal sternly with North Korea's nuclear programs.

Zerbo voiced "serious concerns" over North Korea's recent nuclear tests, which he said posed direct challenges to the international non-proliferation regime, according to the ministry.

The executive secretary also pledged increased efforts to monitor and verify North Korea's future nuclear tests and secure a moratorium on atomic tests in the North.

Separately, Yun also held talks with United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Jeffrey Moniz in Vienna on Monday to discuss closer cooperation between the countries in the atomic energy sector, the ministry added.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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