Pence leaves open possible use of nuclear arms in space

Cristina Cross
October 26, 2018

The vice president said countries like China and Russian Federation have launched attacks against USA satellites from Earth and are aiming to do so in space.

"The American side, especially with the arrival of the Trump's administration, has embarked on a course for total domination in outer space, just like in other areas", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in comments quoted by TASS in response to statements of US Vice President Mike Pence, who earlier spoke of US dominance of space.

The National Space Council has also voted to send six strategic recommendations to the president's desk, laying out the administration's vision and a roadmap to establish the force.

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According to Pence, the space development Agency should be concerned about the creation of new technologies. "And there are a number of steps that will be launched in the very short term but that will ultimately lead to the launch of a Department of the United States Space Force in the next national Defense Authorization Act", Pence said.

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday declined to rule out the idea of deploying nuclear weapons in space, saying the current ban on their use is "in the interest of every nation" but the issue should be decided on "the principle that peace comes through strength". "And the reality is, the more we look at our competitors in space - chiefly among them are China and Russian Federation - we see the deployment of technologies by both of those countries - anti-satellite technologies", Pence said.

Ultimately, Congress will have to approve adding the Space Force as the sixth branch of the USA military. Pence also said the administration would work with Congress, starting next year, to vote on a law creating an independent Space Force by 2020. The new troops will establish by no later than 2020, promised Pensions. Such a change, which the Defense Department has estimated would cost $13 billon in the first five years, must first be approved by Congress.

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