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US blames Iran for using satellites to develop ballistic missiles

Source : 112 Ukraine

"The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism should not be allowed to develop and test ballistic missiles", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted on Twitter
08:04, 12 February 2020

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U.S. administration has accused Tehran of using satellites to develop ballistic missiles. Radio Liberty reported that, quoting the high-level officials - two days after Iran reported a failed attempt to launch the domestic-made satellite on the orbit.

"The Iranian regime uses satellite launches to further advance its ballistic missile capabilities that allow it to threaten its adversaries and threaten regional stability. The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism should not be allowed to develop and test ballistic missiles", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted on Twitter.

He also claimed that the technologies used to deploy the satellites on orbit are in fact identical to those used in the intercontinental ballistic missiles. 

Related: Pompeo and EU diplomacy head discuss responsibility of Iran and Russia, as well as "Ukrainian issue"

France previously condemned the launch of the Iranian satellite, too. Paris urged Tehran to adhere by the international commitments within its missile program.

Iran denies any allegations, claiming intentions to construct another five satellites by March 2021.

Related: Iranian leader announces strengthening of army amid tension with U.S.

 

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