Iran claims to have launched a rocket into space in negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal

The Iranian government has announced that it has launched a rocket with three research devices into space, state television reported Thursday.

Ahmad Hosseini, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Defense, said the satellite-mounted rocket “Simurgh” or “Phoenix” launched three cargoes at an altitude of 292 miles (470 km) and a speed of 7,350 meters (4.5 miles). rice field. The second.

“This announcement has achieved the intended research objectives,” Hosseini said in a comment. Broadcast on national television..

“This was done as a preliminary launch … it’s coming into operation soon,” a spokesman added, but it didn’t make it even clearer if the device went into Earth’s orbit.

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Taken from footage broadcast on Iran’s national television, this image shows a rocket announced by Iran to be launched on December 30, 2021. (Iran National Television via AP)
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Taken from footage broadcast on Iran’s national television, this image shows a rocket announced by Iran to be launched on December 30, 2021. (Iran National Television via AP)

Previous launches by the Islamic government have elicited criticism from the United States. Last year, the administration succeeded in putting its first military satellite into orbit, and received sharp criticism from Washington.

The US State Department, Space Force, and Department of Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Iran, which has one of the largest missile programs in the Middle East, has also failed to launch several satellites over the past year.

Iran appeared to be preparing to launch into space, according to satellite images obtained by the Associated Press earlier this month. Preparations were made in the continuation of talks with Austria’s world powers set to revive Iran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal.

The image shows preparations at a spaceport on the desert plains of the rural Semnan province of Iran, about 240 km (150 miles) southeast of Tehran.

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This satellite photo by Planet Labs assists next to a giant white gantry that normally houses rockets on the launch pad when activity is seen at the Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Semnan Province, Iran, on December 11, 2021. The vehicle is stopped. .. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

New negotiations began on December 27 in the Austrian capital as Iran demanded that the world’s major powers resume sales of crude oil.

Round 8 talks were convened when Iran’s negotiators returned after leaving to consult with the administration’s leaders. Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, wants Western nations to lift sanctions first before proceeding with a nuclear deal.

According to Iran’s nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in 2015, Iran will dismantle the nuclear program and allow international inspectors to access national nuclear sites. Agreed to do so. Iran has signed the JCPOA with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany.

In 2018, President Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement because it strengthened its military power and failed to support key requirements for Iranian leaders. In 2017, the Islamic administration announced a 150% increase in military budgets, criticizing Trump for funding terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthi.

In addition, Israeli intelligence has revealed a secret document revealing that Iran never stopped developing nuclear weapons.

Trump’s sanctions had a profound impact on Iran’s economy, leading to public rebellion against the government and the cancellation of transactions with Tehran by international oil companies. Crude oil exports fell from about 2.8 million barrels (bpd) per day to 200,000 barrels per day.

President Joe Biden argued that as long as Iran continued to terminate the agreement, it would return to the JCPOA agreement signed during the Obama era.

Naveen Athrappully contributed to this report.

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