U.S. and Japan Propose UN Resolution to Prevent Space-Based Nuclear Weapons

U.S. ambassador announces effort to block development as well as deployment.

The United States and Japan recently proposed a United Nations Security Council resolution urging its fellow nations not to put nuclear weapons into space or work to develop that technology.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said at the U.N. Security Council Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation, “Any placement of nuclear weapons into orbit around the earth would be unprecedented, dangerous, and unacceptable. States parties must commit to upholding our obligations under Article IV of the Outer Space Treaty.“

She continued, “Together with Japan, the United States put forward a Security Council resolution, reaffirming the fundamental obligations that parties have under this Treaty, and further calling on Member States to not develop any nuclear weapons, or other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, that are specifically designed to be placed in orbit around earth.“

Russia is one of the 114 countries that confirmed its participation in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, one of the earliest international space laws that prevents participating nations from sending nuclear weapons into any area of outer space. However, the law does not prevent its participants from developing such weapons, only from using them. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to be led by the Lord as she represents the U.S. before the United Nations.
  • For wisdom for U.S. officials and leaders of allied nations as they seek to prevent the development of space-based nuclear weapons.

Sources: Reuters, Fox News, United States Mission to the United Nations


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