US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Tehran against pursuing launches that he said would violate a UN Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology. The United States is concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warheads. Iran, which considers its space programme a matter of national pride, has said its space vehicle launches and missile tests were not violations and would continue. “In the coming weeks, we will put two satellites into space using our Iran-made missiles,” Mr Rouhani said, Iranian state TV reported. He gave no further details about the satellites. Mr Pompeo had said Iran planned to launch in the coming months three rockets, called Space Launch Vehicles (SLV), that he said incorporate technology “virtually identical” to that used in intercontinental ballistic missiles. Under the UN Security Council Resolution that enshrined Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers – which Washington pulled out of last spring – the country is “called upon” to refrain from work for up to eight years on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons. Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since the US pullout in May, followed by… Read full this story
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