Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Iranian Satellite Launch Suffered "Catastrophic Failure"

Simorgh rocket launched and tested at the Imam Khomeini Space Centre Iran in this handout Iranian Satellite Launch Suffered "Catastrophic Failure"
Lance Thomas | 29 July, 2017, 00:10

The test launch was carried out at Imam Khomeini Space Center, report added that.

In a press release, the Treasury Department said the sanctions were in response to Iran's claimed launch of a Simorgh satellite on Thursday. The action breaches a UN Security Council resolution due to the possibility that it could be used in ballistic missile development, according to the State Department.

"These sanctions target key entities involved in Irans ballistic missile program, and underscore the U.S. deep concerns with Irans continued development and testing of ballistic missiles and other provocative behaviour", said Treasury Secretary Steven T Mnuchin.

Even though Iran says it was successful, it's not confirmed if the rocket reached space or if the satellite successfully deployed. SHIG is already under US, EU and United Nations sanctions.

Treasury said space launch vehicles use technologies that are closely related to those of an intercontinental ballistic missile and this launch represents a threatening step by Iran. There has been speculation that Tehran has kept close cooperation with Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear programs.

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

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Friday denied Tehran had missiles created to carry nuclear warheads.

The US government says space launches help a country develop technologies closely related to those of an worldwide ballistic missile.

"Iran is not and will not be developing nuclear weapons; so by definition can not develop anything created to be capable of delivering them".

"Rhetoric and actions from the U.S. show bad faith", he said.

In an analysis written past year, arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis explained that the technology employed by Iran's Simorgh rocket appears to be the same used in North Korea's Unha SLV series, which the US intelligence community has concluded "could be used for an ICBM-class vehicle" capable of carrying nuclear weapons to the U.S.

The US military is saying it has not detected a new satellite in orbit in the wake of the Iranian space launch.

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