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EU’s Space-Conduct Code Rejected by U.S. as ‘Too Restrictive’

The U.S. won’t sign on to a European Union code of conduct for operations in outer space and will propose other multinational means of minimizing the risks of an arms race or damage to satellites.

“We’ve made very definitive that we’re not going to go along with the European code of conduct,” Ellen Tauscher, the undersecretary of state for arms control and nonproliferation, said today. “What we haven’t announced is what we’re going to do. But we will be doing that soon.”