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US imposes sanctions on Iranian space agencies

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Washington imposes sanctions on Iran’s space program, accusing Tehran of using it as a “cover” for its missile program

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on three Iranian space agencies. The Treasury said in a statement that “it has imposed sanctions on the Iranian Space Agency and the Iranian Space Research Center and the Institute of Astronautics Research.”

The decision coincides with a statement by US President Donald Trump on Friday on a photo taken by the US intelligence services that appears to show an Iranian missile explosion at the launch pad, stressing that the United States is not involved in the failure of the launch.

Trump said in the tweet that the explosion occurred “during the recent preparations for the launch of a missile Safir carrying a satellite from the Semnan site in Iran.” Stressing that “the United States is not involved in the catastrophic incident,” adding, “I turn my thoughts to Iran and wish her good luck in knowing what happened.”

In contrast, Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Javad Azeri Jahromi denied on Friday that any satellite had been involved in the accident, but did not disclose any information about the missile. “There was apparently information about the failure of the third attempt to put the satellite into orbit,” Jahromi said. “In fact, Nahed 1 is in good condition, and he is now in the lab.” He invited journalists to visit the lab.

US President Donald Trump has announced the creation of a special military space command at the Pentagon, which will be entrusted with ensuring the threat of US dominance from China and Russia in this new battlefield. The new command will oversee space, satellites and high-flying aircraft. Gen. John Raymond, commander of the new military command, said US adversaries are already focusing on ways to use space in a wider conflict.

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