Chinese Agree to Provide Access to Data from Ten Monitoring Stations

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 9, 2013, 8:02 a.m.

On Thursday, the Chinese gov­ern­ment said that they would share data from ten sta­tions that mon­it­or seis­mic waves, in­fra­sound waves and ra­di­o­nuc­lides with the In­ter­na­tion­al Data Centre, ac­cord­ing to Sci­ence Magazine.

The ad­di­tion­al data would provide the In­ter­na­tion­al Data Centre, which is run by the Com­pre­hens­ive Nuc­le­ar-Test-Ban Treaty Or­gan­iz­a­tion, with the abil­ity to mon­it­or North Korea’s nuc­le­ar weapons pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to the magazine.

In Feb­ru­ary, seis­mic read­ings in­dic­ated that North Korea had det­on­ated their third atom­ic device, but, ac­cord­ing to Sci­ence, a fis­sile ma­ter­i­al known as ra­di­ox­en­on was not de­tec­ted in large enough quant­it­ies for the in­ter­na­tion­al com­munity to de­term­ine the size and scope of North Korea’s nuc­le­ar cap­ab­il­it­ies.   

The agree­ment was reached after the Lassina Zerbo, ex­ec­ut­ive sec­ret­ary of CT­BTO’s pre­par­at­ory com­mis­sion, traveled to Beijing earli­er in the week.

The magazine also re­por­ted that al­though China is open­ing up ac­cess to mon­it­or­ing data, the rat­i­fic­a­tion of the Com­pre­hens­ive Nuc­le­ar-Test-Ban Treaty is still a ways in the fu­ture. The treaty has been ap­proved by 159 coun­tries thus far but China, the United States and North Korea are still hold­ing out, ac­cord­ing to the magazine.

The next step, ac­cord­ing to Sci­ence, will be the cer­ti­fic­a­tion of the ten Chinese sta­tions by the CT­BTO. 

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