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France condemns Iran satellite launch, urges Tehran to respect obligations

France condemns a bid by Iran to put a satellite in space, urging Tehran to abide by international obligations on its controversial ballistic missile program.

“France condemns this launch which calls on technologies used for ballistic missiles and, in particular, intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the French foreign ministry says in a statement after Iran said it “successfully” launched a satellite yesterday but failed to put it into orbit.

Recalling Iran’s obligations under a 2018 UN Security Council resolution, the ministry adds: “Iran’s ballistic program hurts regional stability and affects European security. France calls on Iran to fully respect its international obligations in this matter.”

— AFP

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