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US imposes sanctions on Iranian space exploration structures

he US Treasury Department announced Tuesday that three Iranian space exploration structures were added to the sanctions list.

The list includes the Iranian Space Agency, the Iranian Center for Space Research and the Institute for Aerospace Research.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, commenting on the imposition of these sanctions, recalled the recent rocket explosion at the launch site in the Iranian space center named after Imam Khomeini in Semnan.

“This is the first time the United States has imposed sanctions on the Iranian civilian space agency for ( its role as IF ) in developing a ballistic missile program,” Pompeo said in a statement.

He stressed that the United States will not allow Iran to use the space program as a cover for the development of ballistic missile technology.

“This application of sanctions should serve as a warning to the international scientific community that cooperation with the Iranian space program may help Tehran develop the potential of systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons ( to potential targets – IF ),” Pompeo added.

Earlier, Tehran has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to negotiate its missile program.

Meanwhile, on September 4, Iran may announce the next – third – stage of reducing the volume of its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian Nuclear Program.

On August 29, the Associated Press reported, citing satellite images, that a rocket exploded on the launch pad of the Iranian space center. In the photographs on the launch pad, black smoke and smoldering remains of a rocket were distinguishable.

US President Donald Trump commented on this information, saying that the US was not involved in the incident, and wished Iran good luck in clarifying its causes.

Iran has repeatedly tried to launch a launch vehicle into space.

In January 2019, Iran unsuccessfully launched the satellite – it could not enter a given orbit.

On July 27, an Iranian-made Simorg launch vehicle was launched into space from the new Imam Khomeini National Cosmodrome. Iran called the launch successful. However, American media, citing sources in US intelligence, said that the launch of the launch vehicle was unsuccessful. The US Department of State called the launch of a booster test by Iran a provocation.

The Simorg rocket is designed to launch satellites weighing up to 250 kg into the Earth’s orbit 500 km high.

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