US won’t sign EU space treaty

“We’ve made very definitive that we were not going to go along with the European code of conduct. What we haven’t announced is what we’re going to do. We will be doing that soon,” Tauscher said a breakfast roundtable with reporters.

ADVERTISEMENT
Republican senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last February with concerns about the implications of signing onto the multilateral agreement, particularly when it came to space defense systems and anti-satellite weapons.

The senators referred to China shooting down one of its satellites in space in 2007, which is what prompted an interest in establishing rules governing space.