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Nuclear Weapons: Outer Space

Volume 447: debated on Friday 10 February 1984

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the United States has decided to develop nuclear weapons in outer space and, if so, what agreements and international resolutions are breached by this decision.

No, all states parties to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, including the United States, one of the three depositary governments, have undertaken not to place in orbit around the earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction. There is no reason to doubt the continuing commitment of all states parties to this treaty.