Iran successfully test launches satellite-carrying rocket into space

Iran successfully test launches satellite-carrying rocket into space

Other state-linked agencies including the semi-official Fars news agency also described the launch as successful.

The launch took place at the Imam Khomeini National Space Station in Semnan, some 220 kilometers east of Tehran. Iran had made announcements about major achievements that are hard to independently verify.

"Iran is boosting its missile capabilities to order to increase the accuracy, preciseness and range", Mr. Joni said.

The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using Kavoshgar-3, Explorer-3, carrier.

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The launch comes as the USA has criticised Iran's ballistic missile tests.

The U.S. and allies expressed concern with the same technology that can be used to create long-range missiles.

"We see this as a continuation of the development of ballistic missiles (...) We consider that this is an action provocative", was sentenced Thursday, the spokesperson for the department of State Heather Nauert, adding that it was potentially a "violation of resolutions of the security Council of the united nations".

"You would've thought they would've said 'thank you, United States".

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

The launch had been in the works since at least late January, when Iran scrubbed a launch of the Simorgh for an unspecified reason. Earlier this month, the White House certified that Iran was in compliance with its commitments under the nuclear agreement.

It is believed to have carried out at least a partial test of the Simorgh rocket past year, though the exact details of that attempt were never made public.

On Monday, Scott Kripowicz of the directorate for global affairs at the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency told a conference in Israel: "Space-launch activities which involve multi-stage systems that further the development of technologies for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) are becoming a more realistic threat". But while the language on Iran's nuclear program is precise and extensive, the language involving missiles is ambiguous. "Iran will not stop the missile projects".

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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.

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