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Iran-Space / (Lead 1, Photo): Lead 1-Iran Announces Taken Three Research Devices in Space
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Dubai, December 30 (Reuters) - Iran sent three search devices in space with a satellite launch rocket, Declared Thursday The Iranian Ministry of Defense, an announcement that intervenes in the margins of indirect negotiations with the United States carried out in Vienna to restore the 2015 Agreement on Iranian nuclear power.
A spokesman for the department did not specify whether the devices had reached the orbit, but he suggested that this launch was a test made upstream of attempts to deploy satellites in orbit.
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As its ballistic program is one of the most important in the Middle East, Tehran has experienced many setbacks related to technical problems in satellite launches in recent years.
According to Iranian public television remarks, the Department of Defense spokesman said that the "Simorgh" satellite launcher had sent three search appliances at an altitude of 470 kilometers and with a speed of 7.350 meters by second.
"It was a preliminary launch (...). If God wants it, we will soon proceed to an operational launch," said Ahmad Hosseini, stating that "the research objective targeted by this launch was hit".
"By developing our ability to launch satellites, in the near future satellites with a wide range of applications (...) will be placed in orbit," he added.
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Iranian official television has also broadcast a sequence described as the launcher's ignition at dawn from the Imam Khomeini space center in the north of the country.
A Washington, a spokesman for the US State Department stated that the United States was aware of the reporting of the Iranian launch, describing this type of action as contrary to a UN Security Council resolution. Entering the terms of the 2015 Agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Program.
"The United States remains concerned about the development by Iran of spatial launch vehicles, which has a significant risk of proliferation," said the spokesperson. In 2019,
Washington imposed sanctions against the Iranian Civil Space Agency and two research organizations, accusing them to serve on the development by Tehran of its ballistic program. Iran rejects these charges.
A first Iranian satellite had been launched in 2009, before another either sent orbit two years later. Iran announced in April 2020 to have managed to place for the first time a military satellite in orbit, after several failures. (Office of Dubai office, with Daphne Psaledakis in Washington; French version Myriam Rivet and Jean Terzian, edited by Sophie Louet and Tangi Salaün)
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