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Hungarian diplomat becomes chief of nuclear test ban committee

Hungarian diplomat Tibor Tóth on Monday took over the post of executive secretary of the committee supervising the implementation of the nuclear test ban treaty, the committee said in Vienna. An expert in arms control and disarmament, the seasoned Hungarian diplomat will succeed Wolfgang Hoffmann in the post. Tóth, who has worked in UN and other international organizations in Vienna, is Hungary's permanent UN representative in Geneva. The treaty imposing a ban on nuclear tests was signed in 1996 but, for lack of a sufficient number of ratifications, has not taken effect. Tóth was elected to the post for a four-year term.