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Iran : Successfully launched rocket designed to carry satellite

Iran , successfully launched a new type of rocket designed to carry a satellite into space. The nation’s state-run media yesterday released a video of the launch, saying it took place at the national space center.

In a report it said that the rocket can deliver a satellite weighing up to 250 kilograms into a 500-kilometer orbit. Iran successfully launched its first domestically produced satellite in 2009. The country also intends to orbit more satellites for communications and other purposes.

Iran also maintains its stance of continuing the development of ballistic missiles for what it claims to be self-defense purposes. Iran did not change its stance even after it agreed with 6 world powers in 2015 to curb its nuclear program in return for relief on international sanctions.

The United States is concerned that the development of rockets and ballistic missiles could lead to the production of long-range ballistic missiles.

On the 18th of this month, Washington imposed additional sanctions against entities and individuals for their involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile and drone programs.

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