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    6 January 2016

    Re-issued as received


    Media Stakeout on Unusual Seismic Event in Korean Peninsula

    VIENNA, 6 January (Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization) -  Following a briefing for CTBTO Member States at 11.00 today, 6 January, at the CTBTO's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, media representatives are invited to a brief stakeout on technical issues regarding the detection of the unusual seismic event detected in North Korea earlier today.

    The stake out will take place following the briefing for Member States, Wednesday 6 January 2016 from 11.00, outside Board Room C (C-Building, 4th floor), Vienna International Centre.


    Journalists with permanent accreditation to the VIC need no further credentials. All others must seek accreditation (contact Awoba Macheiner,, tel. 01-26030-6457). Accreditation will be at the Gate 1 entrance to the VIC.

    Photo Op: 10:45

    A photo op for cameras only in the International Data Centre's Control Room at 10:45. Interested media please be at 10:40 at the E-building, ground floor elevator, Vienna International Centre.

    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 three previous North Korean nuclear tests: 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. Over 85 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
    Telephone: +43 1 26030-6375
    Email:   Elisabeth.WAECHTER [at]
    Mobile: +43 699 1459 6375