The US has voiced concerns about the Iranian regime’s missile program after Tehran announced the launch of a satellite into orbit.
“As we’ve said before, Iran’s missile program continues to pose a dangerous threat to the region and is an issue we monitor closely,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
“And our long-standing concerns regarding Iran’s missile development efforts are shared by the international community, which has passed a series of UN Security Council resolutions focused on Iran’s proliferation-sensitive activities.”
Psaki said that ballistic missile capabilities to deliver nuclear warheads are part of ongoing negotiations between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.
“That issue has been discussed and will continue to be discussed as part of the negotiations,” Psaki said.
In response to the statements by US State Department spokesperson, Abbas Araghchi, member of the negotiating team in the nuclear talks said the regime’s ‘defense capabilities are not subject to any type of negotiations.’
Araghchi claimed Fajr satellite was put into orbit on February 2, 2015, to strengthen ‘communication and information infrastructures of the country.’
Meanwhile, information about the successful launch of the satellite “Fajr” has not been confirmed by the US Space Surveillance system, according to a report.
According to the space monitoring system, only objects related to the launch of a Japanese spy satellite, which received numbers 40381, 40382 and 40383 in a US catalogue of space objects, went into orbit.