Although the Iranian regime celebrated the first successful launch of a satellite for military purposes, the United States of America has reduced the repercussions of this step on the region’s security.The head of the US space command said that the Department of Defense believes that Iran’s first successful launch of a military satellite into space does not present any intelligence threat.
The US military classifies the satellite “Noor 1”, which was put into orbit on April 22nd, as a small “3 U” cubes, which are three contiguous small units with a volume of no more than one liter and a weight of less than 1.3 kilograms, According to a post by General Jay Raymond on Sunday.
“Iran says it has the ability to film in fact that it is a web camera that is collapsing in space, and it is unlikely that it will provide intelligence,”.
“Space is difficult,” he added, enclosing the phrase with a tag, while that success comes more than two months after Iran launched a satellite that failed to put it into orbit on February 9th.The United States had described Tehran’s launch of a missile with the goal of placing a satellite into orbit in January 2019 as a “provocation” and a violation of the Security Council resolution.
While Raymond downplayed the importance of any threat posed by the satellite, the United States warned that Tehran’s ability to place it in space is a notable advance in its long-range missile capability, which poses a greater threat to US forces and their allies in the Middle East.And last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of violating a 2015 Security Council resolution that bars Tehran from any ballistic missile activities capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Pompeo called on Saturday, on the United Nations to extend the ban on the sale of conventional weapons to Iran beyond its October deadline. “All peace-loving nations should condemn Iran’s development of technologies capable of carrying ballistic missiles, and come together to contain the threat of Iran’s missile program,” he said.
In a statement, Israel condemned what it considered as “a front for developing advanced ballistic technologies by Iran,” noting that in the process it violated Resolution 2231 issued by the UN Security Council.
Chronic hostility between Tehran and Washington has worsened since Donald Trump decided in May 2018 to unilaterally withdraw from the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose severe economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The tension reached its height after Washington liquidated the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, in a raid in Baghdad at the dawn of January 3rd. And recently, a new incident put the US Navy and Revolutionary Guards face to face on April 15th in Gulf waters. The Pentagon then accused Tehran of “dangerous maneuvers” at sea.
In the summer of 2019, a serious crisis arose between Iran, the United States, and its allies over the backdrop of seizing ships.
Iran believes in its right to the Gulf region and denounces the Western military presence in this vital sea portal to the global oil supplies.
US sanctions affect the Iranian oil sector, but also Tehran’s ability to confront the Covid-19 epidemic, according to what Tehran says, by limiting its ability to borrow on the international market.Theoretically, it is assumed that humanitarian goods, such as medicines and medical equipment in particular, will be exempt from sanctions, but in reality international banks prefer to reject any transfer related to Iran, regardless of the product in question, rather than being subjected to a retaliatory US sanctions.
And Tehran announced in March that it had asked the International Monetary Fund for an emergency credit line of about $ 5 billion. But Washington, which has veto power in the financial institution and is waging a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, has so far said it does not intend to allow such a loan, accusing Tehran of using its resources to finance “terrorism abroad”.
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