Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Iran unveils new, more accurate ballistic missile technology

Iran unveils new, more accurate ballistic missile technology

Arch foes Iran and the United States have appeared to be on the brink of an all-out confrontation twice since a year ago.

USA officials, who have pursued a "maximum pressure" policy toward Iran since Washington exited a major nuclear deal in 2018 that exchanged curbs on Tehran's nuclear program for sanctions relief, have asserted that the Middle Eastern country's satellite program uses technology that could eventually be converted to deliver nuclear warheads - accusations Tehran also denies.

Tehran responded by launching missile attacks on USA targets in Iraq.

"Our only aim is to make sure our security is guaranteed", he said.

On February 1, the head of Iran's space agency said the 113-kilogramme (249 pound) Zafar - "Victory" in Farsi - would be launched into orbit 530 kilometres (329 miles) above Earth by a Simorgh rocket.

The latest failure marks the fourth time in a row Iran has been unable to successfully put a satellite in space.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) informed Iran in 1982 that it would not have the ability to locate the slot of orbit allotted to it if it had no satellite for take-off or was not able to purchase or lease an old one to place it in orbit.

"God willing with improvements made in future launches this part of the mission will be done as well", he added.

"We achieved most of the goals we had and data has been acquired, and in the near future, by analyzing the data, we will take the next steps".

In denying USA culpability, Trump inexplicably tweeted out an image of the scorched Iranian launchpad from a classified briefing, a photo that appeared to have come from one of the US' most secretive spy satellites.

Israel has carried out repeated strikes in Syria since its civil war erupted in 2011, mainly targeting government forces and their Iranian and Hezbollah allies.

Also on February 9, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that it had developed new short-range ballistic missiles propelled by a "new generation" of "Zoheir" engines that are created to put satellites into orbit.

"Iran poses no risk to every other nation..."

Under that deal, Tehran had curbed its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of global economic sanctions.

While Iran has maintained claims that it has not explored nuclear weapons development, Mr.

Relations worsened again in 2018 when Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama, re-imposing tough sanctions which have crippled Iran's economy.

Tensions with Washington increased in early January when a U.S. drone attack killed the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. A few days later, Iran retaliated with missile strikes on several sites in Iraq that housed American troops.

Iran retaliated by targeting United States forces but then accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 people on board, in a tragedy that sparked anger at home and overseas.

But "the Americans did not understand the greatness of the Iranian people", he said.

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