China silent, South Korea ‘concerned’ over debris created by Russia’s anti-satellite missile test

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s foreign ministry expressed concern over the “numerous pieces of debris” created in low Earth orbit when Russia destroyed a Soviet-era satellite with a missile strike earlier this week but stopped short of criticizing Russia.

In a Nov. 17 text message sent to reporters, the ministry said “we are concerned about the anti-satellite weapon test that took place Nov. 15 and in particular numerous pieces of debris created in space as a result of the test.” The ministry urged “all nations to act responsibly in space to ensure peaceful and sustainable use of space, and work together to advance related international rules.”

The message was void of the name of Russia, let alone criticism against it — a stark contrast to the explicit and pointed criticism which the United States and the United Kingdom expressed against Russia.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price blasted “Russia’s dangerous and irresponsible behavior” while Britain’s defense minister, Ben Wallace, said it demonstrated Russia’s “complete disregard for the security, safety and sustainability of space.”

Meanwhile, China has yet to make an official statement on the issue. Asked to comment on the matter during a Nov. 16 press conference, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, “We noted relevant reports and that Russia has yet to respond. I think it is too early to make any comment.”

In 2007, China drew condemnation from the United States and allied nations when it demonstrated its ability to take out satellites by destroying its own defunct satellite, Fengyun-1C, with an anti-satellite missile. 

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Could this be the turning point for green hydrogen?
Tesla (TSLA) secures new 197 MWh Megapack order to go on its Autobidder AI platform
‘No way around hydrogen’ says RWE CEO, as firm lays out plans to invest billions in renewables
Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming
Rivian shares slump more than 15%, bucking post-IPO rally

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *