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Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh recently slammed the US and France’s criticism of Tehran’s space launch, saying that the Islamic Republic doesn’t really care about the “opinions” of others regarding the matter. On Thursday, Iran had launched a rocket carrying three satellites into space. Following this, US and France condemned the launch and called it a “proliferation concern”. 

It is pertinent to mention that after Iran’s launch of the Simorgh space rocket, a US State Department spokesperson had reportedly said that Washington ‘remains concerned’ with Iran’s development of space launch vehicles. The spokesperson stated that the launch poses a significant proliferation concern, adding that these rockets ‘incorporate technologies that are virtually identical to, and interchangeable with, those used in ballistic missiles, including longer-range systems’.

According to the spokesperson, US believes that Iran’s rocket launch was a violation of UNSC Resolution 2231, which calls on Iran not to conduct any nuclear-capable missile testing. France also slammed Iran for launching the rocket with a satellite carrier bearing three devices into space.


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