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The United States, together with Japan, has proposed a resolution to the UN Security Council urging nations to refrain from deploying or developing nuclear weapons in space.

This proposal was made public by US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who said, “Any placement of nuclear weapons into orbit around the Earth would be unprecedented, dangerous, and unacceptable.”

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The backdrop to this resolution includes recent acknowledgments from the White House about Russia’s plans to deploy anti-satellite weaponry capabilities, which, although not yet operational, have raised international alarm. According to US officials speaking anonymously to media outlets, this capability would use a nuclear warhead.

Despite these concerns, Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that Russia does not plan to position nuclear weapons in space. He has labeled the accusations as Western “propaganda” and said it would violate the Outer Space Treaty, which both the United States and Russia have signed onto. Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyansky has called the proposed resolution “yet another propaganda stunt by Washington,” “very politicized” and “divorced from reality.”

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Japan’s Foreign Minister, Yoko Kamikawa, emphasized the importance of maintaining outer space as a domain of peace. He added, “even during the confrontational environment of the Cold War, the rivals agreed to ensure that outer space remained peaceful.”


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