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Iran has undertaken a satellite carrier rocket carrying three research engines into space, according to state media, as conflicting and confronting negotiations over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers resume in Vienna. The announcements on Thursday did not say when the takeoff was administered, nor what devices the carrier along with it. It was ambiguous whether any of the objects reached orbit around the Earth. While the successful takeoff by the Islamic Republic's civilian space program was ascertained by Iran's defense ministry, it remained unclear if the rocket had touched orbit. Iran's highly effective and significant paramilitary Revolutionary Guard carried out a successful satellite launch into orbit last year as part of their parallel space agenda.


Defense ministry mouthpiece Ahmad Hosseini told the Simorgh satellite carrier rocket, whose word interprets as “Phoenix”, had installed the devices at a height of 470 kilometers (290 miles). He did not provide additional details. Iranian television released footage of the white rocket – scripted with the words, “Simorgh satellite carrier” and the catchword “We can” – detonating into the morning sky from Iran’s Imam Khomeini Spaceport. A state TV reporter at an available desert site lauded the liftoff as “another achievement by Iranian scientists”.

The Reuters information agency cited him as telling in comments on state TV, "The intended research objectives of this launch were achieved. This was done as a preliminary launch. ... God willing, we will have an operational launch soon."


The take-off has generated suspicions in Washington about whether the technology employed to launch satellites could boost Iran’s ballistic missile advancement. The US announces that such satellite takeoffs ignore a United Nations Security Council resolution ordering Iran to navigate clear of any activity pertained to ballistic missiles competent of providing nuclear weapons.

Iran confesses that it is not trying to pursue nuclear weapons, continues to retain its satellite launches and rocket tests that do not possess a military component.


New Iranian pressures in the nuclear talks have irked Western nations and intensified provincial frictions as Tehran presses forward with atomic developments. Envoys have continually raised the warning that time is running away to refurbish the pact, which slumped three years ago when America unanimously revoked it under then-President Trump.

Iran has now renounced all constraints under the agreement and has fortified uranium enrichment from under 4% purity to 60% - a quick, technical point from weapons-grade levels. International inspectors encounter challenges in taking a not of Tehran's advances.

Satellite pictures seen by The Associated Press implied a launch was looming earlier this month. The images exhibited trials at the spaceport in the desert plains of Iran's rural Semnan province, some 150 miles southeast of Tehran.

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