- Title: G7, nuclear watchdog warn against North Korea nuclear programme
- Date: 4th September 2017
- Summary: VIENNA, AUSTRIA (SEPTEMBER 3, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF UNITED NATIONS COMPLEX FLAGS OUTSIDE BUILDING FLAG OF DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF (NORTH) KOREA (DPRK) SECURITY GUARD ENTERING UNITED NATIONS COMPLEX COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY ORGANIZATION (CTBTO) EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, LASSINA ZERBO JOURNALISTS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, LASSINA ZERBO, SAYING: "We hope and it's what we've urged the international community that this time becomes and remain the last wake-up call for the international community to act on this issue to stop the DPRK from further testing and then to adhere to international norm and international security resolutions so far." CAMERA MAN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, LASSINA ZERBO, SAYING: "We had a small event with 2.3 digits lower. That we're still fine-tuning, but that event seems not to be of an explosion, but it seems to be of a geological nature, a tectonic or a stress release. That could be, we don't know yet, we're still working on the consequence of the first blast, but it was done and it happened exactly at the same location and we're still fine-tuning and doing cross-correlation to have better understanding of the second (tremor)." JOURNALIST LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, LASSINA ZERBO, SAYING: "Hydrogen bomb or not, it's basically not what we care about. What we care about is we shouldn't have a test as a whole. We shouldn't even have a test, be it hydrogen or not. We're not speculating, but what is certain this time is that the physics of this event shows quite a large, large event. I think it only means that the nuclear weapon programme of the DPRK has reached a serious and a different level and that's what is concerning to the international community today." JOURNALIST ON PHONE ZERBO LEAVING ROOM
- Embargoed: 18th September 2017 14:15
- Keywords: North Korea missile test nuclear testing Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization G7 statement
- Location: VIENNA, AUSTRIA/ ROME, ITALY
- City: VIENNA, AUSTRIA/ ROME, ITALY
- Country: North Korea
- Reuters ID: LVA0016X6KN5Z
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- Story Text: Nuclear test ban watchdog Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) said on Monday (September 4) that the North Korea nuclear test was a "last wake-up call" for international community to act to stop North Korea from further testing.
CTBTO Executive Secretary, Lassina Zerbo said the nuclear weapon programme of the DPRK had reached a serious and different level, concerning to the international community.
The Group of Seven (G7) countries condemned North Korea's latest missile test and pledged to take further action to ensure the Asian state completely abandons all such programmes.
The condemnation came in a strongly worded statement sent by Italy, which holds the rotating G7 presidency, and also signed by the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Britain, the United States, the European Commission and European Council.
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