USA sanctions Iranian companies after satellite launch

Marsha Scott
July 29, 2017

In its first mission, the base on Thursday successfully launched a space rocket called Simorgh, carrying the imaging satellite Tolou into space.

He added that the United States rhetoric and actions, however, show its "bad faith".

It's something Iran has never accomplished. The Simorgh satellite carrier would be able to put satellites weighing as much as 250 kg at an orbit about 500 km above the Earth's surface, according to Tasnim news agency.

"We would consider that a violation of UNSCR 2231", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a briefing with reporters Thursday.

"Nauert also called Iran's rocket launch a "provocative action" that violated the "spirit" of the 2015 nuclear deal".

Under the agreement, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related bans imposed against Tehran.

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Though the newly recertified deal limiting Iran's nuclear program doesn't explicitly bar the development of ballistic missiles, the USA considers it a violation of the "spirit" of the deal, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi also on Friday condemned the US State Department's "meddlesome" remarks as an example of Washington's opposition to the scientific and technological progress of independent countries.

Iran's Imam Khomeini Space Center conforms to the latest global standards and after final phase of its development, the base will be able to meet the country's all needs for low earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

Mr Trump's administration has also been pushing for inspections of sensitive Iranian military sites where U.S. intelligence agencies believe Iran may be conducting illicit activity prohibited by the nuclear pact. "We consider that to be continued ballistic missile development". Since past launches of the same system failed rather publicly, it would be odd for Iran to try to pass this one off as a success if it wasn't, and stranger still for only the US Strategic Command to be able to notice a failure, and for literally no one to see the putative explosion.

"Instead of seeking pretexts and leveling unfounded accusations against Iran, the United States statesmen had better stop repeating measures which are against worldwide regulations", Qassemi said. The US had intelligence that the launch was coming and it was not a surprise, according to the official.

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