US pledges no destructive ASAT missile tests, urges international norm

WASHINGTON:  The Biden administration is pledging not to test destructive ground-launched anti-satellite missiles, a novel if narrow promise on the international stage, and is calling on other nations to follow suit to ensure the safety of the heavens.

“The destruction of space objects through direct-ascent ASAT missile testing is reckless and irresponsible,” states a White House fact sheet released today in support of the announcement today by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Harris told a group of Space Force Guardians at Vandenberg Space Force Base tonight that the move would “help us protect our troops.”

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