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World For Iran, its satellite launched by Russia does not aim to "spy"

16:20  10 august  2022
16:20  10 august  2022 Source:   elle.fr

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Capture d'image d'une vidéo diffusée le 9 août 2022 par l'agence spatiale russe Roscosmos montrant le décollage d'une fusée Soyouz 2.1b transportant le satellite iranien © Yuri Kadobnov Image capture of a video broadcast on August 9, 2022 by the Russian space agency Roscosmos showing the takeoff of A Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying the Iranian satellite "Khayyam" of the Baikonour Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan

Tehran rejected American allegations on Wednesday that the Iranian satellite launched by Russia is intended for "spying" activities.

The Khayyam satellite was launched Tuesday by a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, controlled by Moscow.

Reacting to this launch, Washington said that Russia’s growing cooperation with Iran should be considered a "deep threat".

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"We are aware of information that Russia has launched a satellite with important spying capacities on behalf of Iran," said a spokesperson for the US State Department.

"Sometimes some comments are made to stir up tensions," retorted the head of the Iranian space agency Hassan Employeh. "Saying that we want to engage in spy operations with the Khayyam satellite (...) is really childish," he told the press.

Capture d'image d'une vidéo diffusée le 9 août 2022 par l'agence spatiale russe Roscosmos montrant le décollage d'une fusée Soyouz 2.1b transportant le satellite iranien © Yuri Kadobnov Image capture of a video broadcast on August 9, 2022 by the Russian space agency Roscosmos showing the takeoff of a Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying the Iranian satellite "Khayyam" of the Baikonour Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan

"Khayyam is entirely designed and built to meet the needs of the country in various areas of management of urban crises, natural resources, mines, agriculture, etc.", he added.

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The satellite was launched in the middle of a controversy that Moscow could use it to strengthen its surveillance of military targets in Ukraine.

Last week, the Washington Post quoted anonymous Western intelligence officials assuring that Russia "planned to use the satellite for several months or more" in his war in Ukraine before giving control to Iran.

The Iranian space agency had already said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic would control the satellite "from the first day", in particular to "monitor (its) borders, improve agricultural productivity and monitor water resources and natural disasters".

Khayyam, named after the Persian polymathe of the 11th century Omar Khayyam, is not the first Iranian satellite orbit by Russia.

In 2005, Sina-1 had been deployed from the Russian Cosmodrome de Plesetsk. Iran insists that its space program is for civil and defense purposes only, and does not violate the nuclear agreement of 2015 or any other international agreement.

Western governments fear that satellite launch systems will incorporate interchangeable technologies with those used in ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, which Iran has always denied wanting to build.

Iran managed to orbit its first military satellite in April 2020, drawing the wrath of the United States.

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