Whereas Vice-Minister Oh receives regular reports on ITER, former Secretary-General Ban was new to the project's progress and challenges. As Kijung Jung, the head of the Korean Domestic Agency, guided the group through site landmarks such as the Poloidal field Coil Winding Facility, the Assembly Hall, and the Tokamak pit, Ban discovered something that was familiar to him: nations working together for a common goal. The ITER collaboration, which brings together 35 nations, is smaller that the United Nations, which comprises 193 Member States. "But what I sense here is a similar spirit," said the former Secretary-General.
In the absence of Eisuke Tada, ITER Director-General interim, the distinguished visitors were welcomed at ITER Headquarters by two Domain Heads: Alain Bécoulet (Engineering, right) and Tim Luce (Science & Operation, left).
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Senior advisor for construction Kim Keun-Kyeong (left) provides explanations to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (centre), while Vice-Minister Tae-Seog Oh sizes up the massive Korean-made sub-assembly tools.