America and Russia clash in UN, conflict over deployment of nuclear weapons in the sky

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Washington. These days the whole world is grappling with the possibility of military conflict in the Middle East turning into a war. Recently, Iran attacked Israel with drones and missiles. After this, Israel also claimed to retaliate against Iran. Amidst all this, another big issue has arisen before the world – deployment of nuclear weapons in the sky. Recently, media reports revealed that Russia was planning to deploy nuclear weapons in Earth’s orbit. After this, the US brought a proposal to ban it in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Russia vetoed this proposal. Now Washington has strongly criticized this move of Moscow.

The US has criticised Russia for vetoing the UN Security Council resolution on the space treaty. The resolution placed a legally binding obligation on countries not to place weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including nuclear weapons, in Earth orbit. US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan issued a statement saying, “As we have noted earlier, the United States assesses that Russia is developing a new satellite carrying a nuclear device. We have heard President (Vladimir) Putin publicly say that Russia has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space. If that were the case, the resolution would not have been vetoed by Russia at the UN headquarters in New York.”

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US and Japan proposal
Sullivan further said, ‘Russia vetoed the United Nations Security Council resolution jointly proposed by the US and Japan. This proposal was about not deploying nuclear weapons by any member country in outer space.’ He said that the proposal also called upon all member countries not to develop nuclear weapons specifically designed to be placed in orbit. Sullivan said, ‘Placing nuclear weapons in orbit by any country would not only violate the Outer Space Treaty, but would also endanger important communications, scientific, meteorological, agricultural, commercial and national security services.’

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Criticism of Russia
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told members of the UN Security Council that Russia had abandoned its responsibility by vetoing the resolution. She said, ‘Of course, this is not the first time Russia has undermined the global non-proliferation regime. In the past few years, Russia has made irresponsible statements about nuclear weapons and has walked away from many of its arms control obligations. It is not ready to join.’

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