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U.S. Calls Iran Satellite Launch “Real Threat”

February 3, 2009

Iran’s successful launch of its first domestically-produced satellite into orbit is “cause for concern not just here in the United States but in Europe, throughout the Middle East and I believe throughout the greater world,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Jerusalem Post

Iran poses “a real threat and it is a growing threat,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

Also in the report, U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood was quoted as saying that the US was “gravely” concerned over the launch.

The ‘Omid,’ meaning hope in Persian, was sent into orbit on the order of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to mark the Islamic Republic’s 30th anniversary, according to Iranian news agencies.

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