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U.S. Won't Sign EU Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities

By Keith Cowing
January 16, 2012
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US won’t sign EU space treaty, The Hill
A senior State Department official said Thursday that the United States will not sign onto a European code of conduct treaty laying out rules in outer space. Ellen Tauscher, the State Department’s undersecretary for arms control and international security, said the rules the EU has currently proposed were “too restrictive” for the United States to agree to.
U.S. Rejects Current Draft of EU Code of Conduct; considers another agreement, Examiner
In a surprising turn of events, it was announced that the U.S. will not be signing onto the current draft of the proposed EU Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. Citing that the current draft as worded is too restrictive, Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, said during a January 12th breakfast that it was clear from the beginning that the Administration was not going along with the Code. While the current draft has not been rejected outright, according to another government official the Code could be used as a basis for another international agreement.
New space-arms control initiative draws concern, Washington Times
“The Obama administration is launching a new space arms-control initiative that critics say will lead to restrictions on U.S. military activities in space, a key U.S. strategic war-fighting advantage. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce the initiative as early as Tuesday. The plan will be built on work contained in a European Union draft code of conduct for space that the Pentagon and State Department have criticized as too restrictive.”

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