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
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
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
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
"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