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Scientists warn against putting weapons in space

UNITED NATIONS -- A scientists' group warned the United States against weaponizing space yesterday, saying the move would be prohibitively expensive and could set off a new arms race.

The Union of Concerned Scientists said the United Nations should consider drafting a treaty that would prohibit interfering with unarmed satellites, taking away any justification for putting weapons in space to protect them.

The Bush administration is reviewing the US space policy doctrine, and some scientists worry that the review will set out a more aggressive policy.

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that the policy review was not considering the weaponization of space but that new threats to US satellites have emerged in the years since the US space doctrine was last reviewed in 1996.

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