In a special address to the nation, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has said that India has successfully completed Mission Shakti,
led by Defence Research and development Organization (DRDO). A low-orbit
satellite was shot down using anti-satellite (ASAT) missile.
After the ASAT missile testing, India assured the
world that the test was a defensive move aimed at securing India’s space
infrastructure. The testing was not in violation of any international law or
treaty to which India is a party or any national obligation.
India has also reiterated its support of
Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) in the Conference on
Disarmament. PAROS is a UN resolution that reaffirms the fundamental principles
of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. It advocates a ban on the weaponization of
Outer Space Treaty, formally Treaty on
Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of
Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, (1967) is the
principal international treaty on space. It binds the parties to use outer
space only for peaceful purposes. The treaty prohibits use of nuclear weapons
and other weapons of mass destruction in outer space.
Conference on Disarmament is a disarmament forum
established to negotiate arms control and disarmament agreement. The Director-General of the United Nations
Office at Geneva serves as the Secretary-General of the Conference.