Russia Vetoes Ban on Nuclear Weapons in Space at U.N. Security Council

Breitbart.com reports: “Russia used its veto power at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday to block a resolution sponsored by the United States and Japan to ban nuclear weapons in outer space.

China abstained from the vote, while the other 13 members of UNSC all voted in favor of the resolution.

Russia’s stated reason for exercising its veto was that the new resolution was unnecessary, because orbital nuclear devices and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were already prohibited by the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. 

The U.S. and Russia accused each other of playing dirty tricks and indulging in geopolitical theater by proposing or opposing the new measure, respectively.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said it was ‘baffling’ for Russia to oppose a resolution that merely reaffirmed the 1967 treaty.

‘Today’s veto begs the question: Why? Why, if you are following the rules, would you not support a resolution that reaffirms them? What could you possibly be hiding? It’s baffling. And it’s a shame,’ she said…”

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