February 27, 2013

HMM: Some countries may deploy nukes in space on pretext of countering asteroid threat – Deputy PM. The Outer Space Treaty prohibits placing nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, in orbit. The dodge, I suppose, would be to claim that these anti-asteroids aren’t “weapons,” since they’re not aimed at people, but rather simply “explosive tools for planetary defense” or some such. Would that suffice? Depends.