Iran insists its satellite serves no military purpose
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Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis

    TEHRAN, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said on Wednesday that the country's newly launched satellite serves no military purpose, local satellite Press TV reported on its website.

    Dismissing the concerns over its recent launch of a domestic satellite, Qashqavi said that "Iran's space advancement serves no military purpose."

    The launch of the country's satellite "is a scientific and technical achievement and has no military aim," he added.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Tehran announced the Omid lightweight telecommunications satellite, which is its first homemade satellite, has been successfully sent into space by the Iranian-produced satellite carrier Safir 2.

    The U.S. administration of President Barack Obama linked the new Iran's developments with its nuclear disputes and viewed Tehran's efforts to develop nuclear capability and to sponsor terrorism as "acute concern."

    The U.S. would use all elements of the national power to deal with Tehran, the White House said on Tuesday, adding that "efforts to develop missile delivery capability, efforts that continue on an illicit nuclear program, or threats that Iran makes toward Israel, and its sponsorship of terror are of acute concern to this administration."

    France also expressed its deep concern over Iran's recent step towards developing its homemade satellite. Its Foreign Ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier said that Iran's satellite technology "is similar to ballistic capabilities," which "can be linked to the serious concerns about the developments of military nuclear capabilities."

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged Wednesday that the international community should tighten sanctions on Iran in light of its launch of the first homemade satellite on Tuesday.

    The United States and Israel have consistently refused to rule out the possibility of military strikes against Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear program, accusing Tehran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program.

    Iran has denied the charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Iran puts first homemade satellite in orbit

    TEHRAN, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran has sent its first home-built satellite into orbit, Iran's English-language satellite news channel Press TV reported on Tuesday.

    The Omid (Hope) lightweight telecommunications satellite was sent into space by the Iranian-produced satellite carrier Safir 2,the report said.  Full Story

U.S. voices concern over Iran satellite launch

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- The United States expressed on Tuesday its great concern over reports that Iran launched its first home-built satellite into orbit.

    The launch could "possibly lead to the development of ballistic missiles," State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters at the daily press briefing.  Full story

Barak calls for tightening sanctions on Iran

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that the international community should tighten sanctions on Iran in light of its launch of the first homemade satellite on Tuesday.

    "The Iranian satellite is a technological achievement for the Iranians and a first step that proves military and intelligence ability and potential," Barak was quoted by the website of Jerusalem Post as saying. "This is yet another reason for the international community to tighten and increase sanctions against Iran."  Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong
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