Iran’s state TV said the country plans to send three satellites into orbit in the next three months despite a failed launch in August.
State television on Tuesday quoted the head of Iran’s space agency, Morteza Barari, as saying the satellites were to transmit data for civilian purposes such as navigation, agriculture and the environment. He didn’t elaborate.
In September, Iran acknowledged an explosion in its space center before a satellite launch, the third failure involving a rocket this year.
The US alleges such satellite launches defy a UN Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Iran says the tests do not have a military component.
Over the past decade Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit.
Washington and Tehran have been locked in a bitter standoff since last year, when Trump unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
Among other reasons, Trump faulted the international agreement for not limiting Iran’s missile development. Iranian leaders have said the country’s missile program is non-negotiable.
The head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards boasted in late August that it successfully test-fired a new missile and last month Tehran unveiled three new precision-guided missiles, with its defense minister saying they show that the country is ready to defend itself in the face of US “viciousness and conspiracies.”
Iran has medium-range surface-to-surface missiles with a range of up to 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) that can reach Israel and US bases in the region.
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