Continuing their efforts to find excuses for more Iran sanctions, U.S. officials today followed up Iran's launch of a satellite into orbit with a claim that the launch amounted to a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231.
Just days after President Donald Trump took office, Iran conducted its first ballistic missile test under the new administration, prompting the White House to put Tehran "on notice".
The United States has always been concerned about the Simorgh and Iran's space program, which has ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The state media report did not elaborate on the rocket's payload.
Resolution 2231 was passed in 2015 to endorse the deal in which six world powers, including the United States, agreed to ease nuclear-related economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.
It is the fifth launch of a domestically produced satellite since 2009.
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The Times of Israel and Associated Press quote Iranian media describing the rocket as a "Simorgh" class platform, a name that means "Phoenix" in Persian. "The Simorgh can place a satellite weighing up to 250 kg (550 pounds) in an orbit of 500 km".
The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using Kavoshgar-3, Explorer-3, carrier. The State Department says that type of technology is inherently created to be able to carry a nuclear payload.
Iran says its space program is peaceful, but Western experts suspect it may be a cover for developing military missile technologies.
"I think what's important is that the agreement continues to be implemented and all the sides make constructive efforts to resolve whatever issues that still exist, and to completely and comprehensively implement the agreement", Liu told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY.