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Japan and Germany declare ASAT missile test ban

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Edinburgh, 15 September 2022. – Japan and Germany declared the countries will not conduct direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile testing, agreeing to the US-driven initiative launched earlier this year. The announcement was made during the second session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on reducing space threats.

Germany stated that the country is strongly committed to the peaceful use of outer space, which has to remain safe, stable, secure and sustainable. Such well preserved space environment would benefit humankind, ensure international security and stability.

Destructive ASAT missile testing poses a threat to infrastructure and astronauts as well. Germany therefore commended the US and all other nations who were joining the initiative for their commitment on banning such tests.

Germany also supports the United Nations’ efforts to reduce threats and risks affecting space systems. The country invites all Member States to follow suit and “advocates for the creation of a universal norm banning such testing.”

The Government of Japan also decided not to conduct ASAT missile testing to promote discussions on the development of norms of responsible behavior. To date, a total of five countries have joined the initiative including the US, Japan, Germany, New Zealand and Canada.

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