Iran launches first satellite

Iran’s missile, technology space and weapons effort has been going since the late 1980s.  We know they have a nuclear program, and long range ballistic missile capability.  This is their first sucessful satellite launch.  North Korea has nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles much like that seen in Iran, but North Korea has failed in its satellite launch attempts….

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Iran has launched its first domestically built satellite into space.

The launch of the Omid satellite, meaning Hope, was timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution and United Nations talks aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear programme.

The Telegraph (UK)

The Safir (ambassador) satellite-carrier rocket, carrying Iran's ... 
The Safir (ambassador) satellite-carrier rocket, carrying Iran’s Omid 2 (hope) satellite, is launched at an unknown location in Iran in this handout picture sent to Reuters by Iranian Fars News February 3, 2009. Iran said it launched its first domestically made satellite into orbit on Tuesday, boasting major progress in its space technology when tension with the West over its nuclear ambitions persists. Omid, launched as Iran marks the 30th anniversary this month of the 1979 Islamic revolution that ousted the U.S.-backed shah, is designed for research and telecommunications, state television said.(Fars News/Reuters)

“Dear Iranians, your children have put the first indigenous satellite into orbit,” said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a broadcast on state television.

“With this launch the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially achieved a presence in space.”

The launch has highlighted international concerns that Iran will use domestically developed space technology to develop intercontinental nuclear missiles.

Tehran is at odds with the international community and the UN over a controversial nuclear programme which Iran has insisted is only for peaceful energy purposes.

The United States and European Union suspect that Iran is secretly developing atomic weapons and harbours ambitions to use its home grown Safir space rocket technology to build long-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Omid’s take off comes just a one day before senior diplomats from the UN Security Council meet in Germany to discuss Iran’s refusal to stop uranium enrichment as part of its nuclear programme.

Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran’s foreign minister, used the occasion of the satellite launch to criticise Western and UN anti-atomic weapons proliferation embargoes on nuclear and space technology.

Reported satellite launch took place on the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran.

Reported satellite launch took place on the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran.

“The difference between our country and some countries which have these capacities is that we believe science belongs to all humanity,” he said.

“Some people believe that advanced technologies belong to some countries exclusively.”

Mr Mottaki added: “In Iran’s history, in the last 100 years, you cannot point to aggression by Iran against any nation. Iran’s people are peace-loving they want peace with all countries around the world.”

See a video:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews
/middleeast/iran/4445416/Iran-launches-fir
st-satellite.html

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North Korea to ‘Test Missile Capable of Striking U.S.’

A U.S. defense official told CNN’s Barbara Starr that the Pentagon detected an Iranian ballistic missile launch on Monday which was apparently delivering a satellite into orbit.

From CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/me
ast/02/03/iran.satellite/index.html

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