U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday posted on Twitter a photo of what appeared to be the site of a failed Iranian satellite launch, Iran unveiled an undamaged satellite on Saturday, a few days after a rocket exploded launched at the third failed launch of the year.
US warned Iran against rocket launches, fearing the technology used to put satellites into orbit could help it develop the ballistic missile capability needed to launch nuclear warheads, though Tehran denies its activity is a cover for such development.
Asked about the explosion that led to the failed launch, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, the communications minister, said the defense ministry should announce incident details, International Media said.
“But what we do know is that the Nahid satellite is still being prepared at the Iranian Space Research Institute,” he added.
Donald Trump on Twitter Posted a Photo of Failed Iranian Satellite
The Trump administration has increased economic pressure on Iran to try to force it to renegotiate a 2015 pact with world powers that limit its nuclear program. Trump withdrew the United States from the pact in May last year.
Trump has offered to hold talks with Iran but Tehran says it must first get relief from U.S. sanctions.
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