Following failed launch last week despite US warning, Iran’s Defense Minister confirms additional launch scheduled.
Iran announced it would again attempt to launch a satellite into space.
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami reported on Wednesday that Iran is scheduled to launch a second “non-military” satellite into space, stating “one has been launched and the other one will soon be sent into orbit,” in reference to a failed launch last week and scheduled upcoming launch.
Last Tuesday, the Islamic Republic failed to launch its “Payam” (Persian for “message”) satellite into orbit after the rocket carrying the satellite failed to reach the necessary speed. The satellite reportedly carried four cameras. Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, confirmed the launch’s failure.
A second satellite, “Dousti” (Persian for “friendship”), will be launched in the near future. Iran claims the satellites will be used for farming, agriculture and science.
Satellite imagery taken from the Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center in Iran shows its progress in its missile and space programs. Iran’s efforts and developments of its Space Launch Vehicles is in violation of international law, mainly UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (nuclear deal with world powers). Under the resolution, Iran is forbidden to produce, create or launch ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran against its launch last week. The United States is concerned Iran is closer to creating an illegal, intercontinental range ballistic missile. Pompeo called on the Islamic Republic to “cease all activities related to ballistic missiles in order to avoid deeper economic and diplomatic isolation.” He warned Iran that the “United States will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime’s destructive policies place international stability and security at risk.”
Iran continues to develop and test its ballistic missile program despite its violation of international law and the nuclear agreement. Iran launched a rocket into space in 2017, the action condemned by the United States and some European states. It has been developing its ballistic and space programs since, despite warnings and sanctions from the United States.