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Iran wants to send astronaut into space

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian Minister of Information and Communication Technology Javad Azari Jahromi said Iran intends to send its astronaut into space, but Tehran will need help from other countries, Mehr reported.

“We must send the Iranian cosmonaut into space, this will be done in cooperation with other countries,” Jahromi said, speaking on Saturday at a ceremony on the occasion of World Space Week.

“The United States overnight imposed sanctions on three large space departments, but the sanctions will not be able to stop Iranian scientists,” he added.

The US Treasury Department announced on September 3 the imposition of sanctions against Iranian space departments.

The restrictive measures included the Astronautics Research Institute, the space agency and the Iranian space exploration center. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his statement explained that the imposition of sanctions against the Iranian civil space agency is due to its activity in supporting and developing a ballistic missile program.

The United States claims that the technologies for launching rockets into space developed as part of the Iranian civilian space program are practically identical and can be used with technologies for ballistic missiles. In particular, we are talking about the stages of the rocket, the engine starting system of the upper stage and the flight control systems of a multi-stage rocket.

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