We’ll send you a link to a feedback form. Tehran has had several failed satellite launches in recent months. That failure came after two failed launches of the Payam and Doosti satellites last year, as well as a launchpad rocket explosion in August. Iran must abide by this. Over the past 10 years, Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit, and in 2013 it launched a monkey into space. Last modified on Wed 22 Apr 2020 23.38 BST. Iran has resumed provoking actions.”, Trump went on Twitter on Wednesday to declare: “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”. In this photo released Wednesday, April 22, 2020, by Sepahnews, an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from an undisclosed site believed to be in Iran's Semnan province. “This raises a lot of red flags,” said Fabian Hinz, a researcher at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. We use cookies to collect information about how you use GOV.UK. “I like that the president warned an adversary. The Noor was launched by a three-stage rocket and, according to Iran officials, had reached a 425 km high orbit, Wed 22 Apr 2020 23.25 BST President Hassan Rouhani gave nearly a 40-minute speech on Wednesday before his cabinet that included no mention of the launch. Iran launched its first civilian satellite in 2009. As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and historically low oil prices, the missile launch may signal a new willingness to take risks by Iran. All rights reserved. Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. “I consider that this confirms that the Iranian satellite successfully reached orbit,” Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, commented on Twitter. Wednesday also marks the 41st anniversary of the founding of the IRGC by Iran’s late leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Defence Minister Hatami calls the Hoveizeh missile the ‘long arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran’ in defending itself. The Trump tweet does not appear to have marked a change of US posture in the Gulf by changing the circumstances in which the US would open fire. We use this information to make the website work as well as possible and improve government services. But General John Hyten, the vice-chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, welcomed Trump’s threat. The IRGC, which operates its own military infrastructure in parallel to Iran’s regular armed forces, is a hardline force answerable only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “I don’t think it remotely is, and I think Iran needs to be held accountable for what they have done.”, The 2015 UN resolution Pompeo was referring to was intended to endorse a nuclear deal with Iran that the US abrogated in 2018. U.S. tracking data indicates the craft reached orbit. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. The Foreign Office has released a statement following the launch of a satellite by Iran, using ballistic missile technology. What’s behind the Middle East boycott of French products? The United States has assessed that Iran successfully launched a military satellite into orbit for the first time on Wednesday, according to two US Defense Department officials. It came on the day Donald Trump went on Twitter to announce he had ordered the US navy “to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea”, following an incident in which nearly a dozen small Iranian boats had steered within a few yards of US warships. The UN has called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Neither side has shown a willingness to back down from its policy. Although there is technological overlap between space launches and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), Iran denies that the aim of its space programme is to pursue ICBM technology. The base is in Semnan province, which hosts the Imam Khomeini Spaceport, from which Iran’s civilian space programme operates. The Trump administration introduced new sanctions even as Iran was grappling with the outbreak. Reports that Iran has carried out a satellite launch – using ballistic missile technology – are of significant concern and inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Hinz said, based on state media images, the launch appeared to have happened at a previously unnamed IRGC base near Shahroud, Iran, some 330km (205 miles) northeast of Tehran. The IRGC called it the first military satellite ever launched by Tehran. Iran has announced it successfully launched the country’s first military reconnaissance satellite after months of failures, a programme the United States alleges is a cover for missile development. Revolutionary Guard deployed a Ghased satellite carrier to put the device into space, a previously unheard-of system. An image of the rocket that carried the satellite showed it bore a Quranic verse on overcoming adversaries. The successive failures raised suspicion of outside interference in Iran’s programme, something Trump himself hinted at by saying the US “was not involved in the catastrophic accident“. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said the launch violated a 2015 UN security council resolution. Long-standing acrimony between Tehran and Washington was exacerbated in 2018 when Trump unilaterally withdrew from a deal that froze Iran’s nuclear programme, and issued new demands that Tehran curtail its development of ballistic missiles. “Now that you have the [US] maximum pressure campaign, Iran doesn’t have that much to lose any more.”. Foreign Minister Zarif says leaving nuclear deal an option as Tehran rules out talks with US on its ballistic missiles. It will take only 2 minutes to fill in. If you have a gun, and you point it at me, that’s another thing – we know exactly what that means. Iran maintains it has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons, and says its aerospace activities are peaceful and comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution. Iran launches first military satellite in latest show of force Published Wed, Apr 22 2020 3:06 PM EDT Updated Wed, Apr 22 2020 5:34 PM EDT Amanda Macias @amanda_m_macias

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