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Iran Launches Satellite Despite Pompeo’s Warning

TEHRAN – Iran Launched Satellite on Tuesday despite US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s warning, while Tehran said it does not violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231 on the country’s nuclear program, Sputnik reported Tuesday.
Tehran has launched a Payam satellite produced in the country but has failed to reach orbit, Iranian television said, citing Telecommunications Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi.
According to him, the carrier rocket of the satellite successfully passed the first and second stages of the launch, but could not reach the “necessary speed” during the third stage.
In January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran would suffer economic and diplomatic consequences if it undertook three space launches scheduled in the coming months. For his part, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Iranian rocket fire did not violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
The Islamic Republic had previously attempted to launch a Simorgh orbital aircraft carrier rocket. However, the second stage of this rocket only burned for 20 seconds.
In a joint statement, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France condemned the launch, saying it was a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution regulating the Iranian nuclear program.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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