Iranian Satellite Launch Suffered "Catastrophic Failure"

The companies are owned by the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, an entity central to Iran's ballistic missile program. Iran's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology said earlier that the country has plans to send two satellites into space by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, ending on March 20, 2018, according to Press TV. Though the newly recertified deal limiting Iran's nuclear program doesn't explicitly bar the development of ballistic missiles, the USA considers it a violation of the "spirit" of the deal, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin cast the sanctions as part of an ongoing USA effort to aggressively oppose Iran's ballistic missile activity, including what he called a "provocative space launch" carried out by the Islamic Republic on Thursday. A spokesman for US Strategic Command Joint Space Operations Center, Air Force Capt. Brian Maguire, told CNN there was "nothing new to add to the satellite catalog" following the reported launch.

The nuclear deal does not cover Iran's ballistic missile programme.

Iran denied on Friday U.S. accusations that its test of a rocket that can put satellites into orbit violated a U.N resolution and said Washington's "rhetoric" was a sign of bad faith towards Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

The sanctions in that bill also target Iran's missile development programs as well as human rights abuses.

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On Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, said his country is complying with the nuclear deal and suggested that the United States is not complying with the "letter and spirit" of the deal. "Iran is not and will not be developing nuclear weapons; so by definition can not develop anything created to be capable of delivering them", he tweeted.

Iran's parliament retaliated by voting for extra funding for the missile programme and its foreign ministry said it would impose its own sanctions against USA citizens.

Iran's state media on Thursday claimed the launch was successful, but US spy agencies quickly determined that assessment was more propaganda than fact.

The US military is saying it has not detected a new satellite in orbit in the wake of the Iranian space launch.

  • Sonia Alvarado