U.S. accuses Iran's attempt to launch satellite a missile threat

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Published on 16 Jan 2019, 8:30
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran’s attempt to put a satellite into orbit poses a missile threat.
Pompeo accused Tehran of defying United Nations Security Council resolution 22-31 on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal that Washington withdrew from last year. He added that the launch shows that Iran is pursuing enhanced missile capabilities that threaten the Middle East and Europe. Iran on Tuesday successfully launched a satellite named Payam but it failed to go into orbit due to a technical problem. Days earlier, Pompeo urged Iran to call off the launch arguing that the satellite uses technology identical to that of ballistic missiles. However research centers say there’s no indication of military use in Iran’s project.

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