US Says Iran Rocket Test Breaches UN Resolution 2231

Iran inaugurated the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Semnan Province on Thursday, the first base in Southwest Asia for sending satellites into orbit, which has been described a "turning point" in the country's space activities.

The two officials said that the Simorgh rocket likely exploded before it reached orbit. The US government says the technology used in the launch is inherently created to be able to carry a nuclear payload, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

The US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on six Iranian firms owned or controlled by the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group.

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Shahrabi told state TV that the space center would allow Iran to start competing with world powers for launching light-weight satellites to low-level orbits of the earth.

However, there is one key point that was not taken into account here: at present, Iran lets inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities, but inspections at military facilities were not included to the nuclear deal, and so, it will be hard for Trump to prove that Iran's military facilities are somehow connected with its nuclear program.

'These sanctions. underscore the United States´ deep concerns with Iran´s continued development and testing of ballistic missiles and other provocative behavior, ' Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

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He also rejected the notion that Iran was working to develop missiles that could carry a nuclear warhead. "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.

"Rhetoric and actions from the U.S. show bad faith", he said.

United States officials said the "conditions had been met", but Iran is "unquestionably in default of the spirit" of the agreement. "Progress in Iran's space program could shorten a pathway to an ICBM because space launch vehicles (SLV) use inherently similar technologies", the report said.

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However, the IMF said it would not release any funds until the eurozone agreed on a deal to cut Greece's €314bn debt burden. This gave Athens the chance to test without major financial risks its credibility in the markets.

In another allegation against the USA adversary, Mnuchin said that missile attacks on US partner Saudi Arabia over the weekend by Houthi rebels in Yemen had likely come with the support of Iran.

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