Iran rocket launch fails to put satellite into orbit

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He said the United States is working with its partners "to counter the entire range of the Islamic Republic's threats, including its missile program, which threatens Europe and the Middle East".

Pompeo said that the vehicle that Iran tried to put into orbit uses technology that is "virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles". U.S. officials have voiced concerns that Iran is using ballistic missile technology to build the rockets, in violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolution.

Earlier in January, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran's plan to send satellites into orbit, and suggested the plan demonstrates the Islamic Republic's defiance of a UNSC resolution ordering Iran not to engage in any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

"Dŭstí" was on the way into Orbit, it said. The Iranian-built satellite would have collected environmental data to improve the country's forecasting abilities.

"We should not come up short or stop", Azari-Jahromi wrote on Twitter after announcing the failed launch.

According to Pompeo, this would violate the U.N. Security Council resolution on the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran says its space launches and satellite program have no military intent and will continue.

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"The United States has continuously cautioned that ballistic missile and SLV launches by the Iranian regime have a destabilizing effect on the region and beyond", he added.

Iranian political commentator Jason Unruhe told state media the launches represent a "clear message" to the West.

Over the past decade, Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

But in the actual launch, the satellite failed to reach the required speed on detachment from the rocket in the third stage.

Iran attempted to put a satellite into orbit Tuesday, but failed due to a technical glitch on board, state media reported.

Tehran denied the charges Monday that its aerospace activities were a violation of the security council resolution, semi-official ISNA news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi as saying.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami congratulated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and the defeat of the Arrogant front and the Dominant system against the greatness and resistance of the great nation of Iran.

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