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Iran's 'Friendship' Satellite Causes Military Concern

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By    |   Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 12:36 PM

Raising security concern, Iran on Tuesday announced that the country was preparing to launch three new satellites into space which can help it fire a nuclear weapon at western nations, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

The report further stated that Mohsen Bahrami, director of Iran's space agency — which allegedly provides cover for weapons research — said that Iran would launch its newest satellite, dubbed "Friendship," later this year.

"The Dousti (Friendship) satellite (built) by (experts at) Sharif University of Technology is the first satellite which will be launched in the second half of this (Iranian) year," which began on March 20, Bahrami was quoted as saying by the country's state-controlled press.

Former U.S. officials and defense experts told the Washington Free Beacon that the test when carried out can enable the Islamic Republic to fire a nuclear weapon over great distances. However, Iran's State Department spokesman said that "it will not take a position on the launch before it has occurred."

"We're not going to speculate on the specifics of something that hasn't happened yet," the spokesman was quoted as saying. "Our longstanding concerns regarding Iran's ballistic missile development efforts remain, and are shared by the international community.

"If there are specific launches or other actions that are inconsistent with any relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions, we will address them through the appropriate channels," the spokesman added. "And we will continue to work with our partners, and take any necessary unilateral actions, to counter ongoing threats from Iran's ballistic missile program."

It is also reported that efforts are being made to launch two other satellites within next year, which again is a matter of grave concern for Western nations.

"Iran has always used its satellite program as cover for developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capability. Recently, however, the Defense Ministry has also bragged that it has made its UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] satellite-guided in order to extend their range and bypass the need for line-of-sight control," Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and expert on rogue regimes, said.

The upcoming "launches" signals that Iran is seeking to bolster its ballistic technology, raising concerns on the military front across nations.

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Raising security concern, Iran on Tuesday announced that the country was preparing to launch three new satellites into space which can help it fire a nuclear weapon at western nations, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
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