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Pence Won’t Rule Out Nuclear Weapons in Space as Plans for New Force Begin

“If officials can advocate for reusable rockets to deliver cargo to troops from space ports, perhaps more firepower in space is possible, too. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday didn’t immediately rule out positioning nuclear weapons in space sometime in the future. In a conversation with the Washington Post during its ‘Transformers: Space’ summit, Pence was asked if the United States was looking to renegotiate the terms of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which currently bans ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ but still allows for conventional weapons in orbit. ‘That treaty…doesn’t ban military activity,’ Pence said. ‘It gives nations a fair amount of flexibility in operating in their security interests in outer space. At this time we don’t see any need to amend the treaty, but as time goes forward, the hope that we could continue to see outer space as a domain where peace will reign will require military presence.'”

Source: Pence Won’t Rule Out Nuclear Weapons in Space as Plans for New Force Begin | Military.com

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