Iran: Space Program Claims a Successful Launch Into Orbit

Continuing their efforts to find excuses for more Iran sanctions, USA officials today followed up Iran's launch of a satellite into orbit with a claim that the launch amounted to a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231.

The launch comes at a time when the Trump administration is reevaluating the nuclear arms agreement that President Obama signed with the #Islamic Republic and is considering new sanctions to counter both Iran's missile program and its support of worldwide terrorism. Officials in Israel and the United States fear Iran could use the technology to produce long-range missiles that could pose a threat to the region, and beyond, if they help Iran develop intercontinental ballistic missiles.

As for the launch itself, its undoubtedly a milestone for both Iran's space and missile programs and an indicator that the country is getting closer to an ICBM-like capability.

Iranian state media have said Iran successfully launched a "Simorgh" rocket that can carry a 550 pound (250 kilogram) satellite. The rocket launched Thursday is reportedly capable of carrying a satellite into orbit.

Simorgh is larger than an earlier model known as Safir (ambassador) that Iran has used to launch satellites.

The Simorgh is a two-stage rocket first revealed in 2010. From sending people of Iran refused due to too high of a startup cost.

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The president has railed against what he says are Iranian ambitions to acquire a nuclear weapon, and he has criticized the deal signed by President Obama, which is created to pull back Iran's uranium enrichment programme.

As with its nuclear program, Iran claims its satellite program is for entirely peaceful purposes, despite being managed by the Iranian defense ministry.

Trump said he thinks the United States will declare Iran to be noncompliant at the next deadline, which is in October.

While the space program doesn't violate the 2015 nuclear deal made between the USA and Iran, some feel it violates the spirit of the deal.

Sources at the Pentagon told CBN News that North Korea has recently moved fueling equipment and trucks to a launch pad near the town of Kusong, near North Korea's border with China and about 100 miles north of the capital city of Pyongyang.

  • Adam Floyd