Aide-Memoire on Proposed UN General Assembly Resolution on Destructive Direct-Ascent Anti-Satellite Missile Testing Submitted by the United States of America
The United States plans to submit a resolution to the UN First Committee at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly calling upon countries to commit not to conduct destructive direct-ascent anti-satellite missile (ASAT) tests, as such tests can undermine international peace and security and are a threat to the long-term sustainability of the outer space environment and to all countries’ ability to explore and use outer space for peaceful purposes. This resolution demonstrates the commitment of the United States to developing transparency and confidence-building measures and norms of responsible behavior for outer space activities that could ultimately lead towards the negotiation of a legally binding agreement limiting destructive direct-ascent anti-satellite missile tests. The United States encourages all nations to recognize that destructive direct-ascent anti-satellite missile tests are in no one’s interest, and to support this resolution and make the commitment described therein as a key principle of space security.
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