Iran Launches Its 1st Military Satellite Into Orbit

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully launched its first military satellite called Noor(Light) into orbit in Semnan, April 22, 2020. The Iran Noor satellite was launched by a three-stage rocket which was powered by a mixture of solid and liquid fuels.

It came on the day Donald Trump Tweeted he had ordered the US military, “to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”

The nuclear deal, rejected by President Trump and Iran, caused tension between the two countries, who refused to sign a new agreement.

The US is concerned that long-range ballistic missile technology was used to launch the satellite successfully. The Americans point out that it is also possible that Iran could use the technology to attach nuclear weapons heads.

Iran immediately responded to the US remarks, dismissing that the launch is a smokescreen for the development of ballistic missiles. Iran said that they have never considered nuclear weapons expansion.

State Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary said Iran had broken a UN resolution and needed “to be held accountable”.

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