Iran Dismisses US Stance on Space Satellite Launch

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بهرام قاسمی

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry decried the US government for interference in the country’s internal affairs and for opposing scientific development in the independent countries after the US State Department described Iran’s recent launch of a satellite carrier as provocative.

In a statement on Friday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi referred to the recent successful test-launch of homegrown ‘Simorgh’ satellite carrier as a fruit of the young Iranian scientists’ firm resolve and determination to accomplish the country’s scientific objectives.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran knows no limit in its scientific and technological progress and advancement and does not wait for any country’s permission when it comes to the efforts and activities of its scientists and specialists in various areas,” he noted, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Qassemi also condemned the moves, remarks, and decisions made by the US administration and Congress, particularly since the new US president has taken office.

Tehran has proved its commitment to the implementation of the nuclear deal, and its compliance has been confirmed for several times by relevant authorities, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the spokesman pointed out.

“The US administration is the one who must stop its continued hostile behavior, breach of commitments, and unilateral measures against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” he added.

Pointing to the country’s several years of experience in launching satellite carriers, Qassemi said the move is the Islamic Republic’s inalienable right and in full compliance with Iran’s international commitments.

He finally slammed the US allegations that Iran is violating the nuclear accord as a “groundless and illogical” attempt to justify Washington’s spiteful policies against Tehran.

On Thursday, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert claimed that Iran’s launch of the space satellite was a “provocative action” that violates a UN resolution on ballistic missiles as well as the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

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