Iran tested a satellite-carrying rocket, a development that is likely to anger the US.
General Ali Hajizadeh of the Revolutionary Guards’ Aerospace Division, which designed the Ghaem 100 rocket, stated that the rocket would be used for Iran’s Nahid satellite launch, according to state media.
Washington is likely to be concerned by Saturday’s test. They fear that the long-range ballistic technology that was used to place satellites in orbit could be used to launch nukes.
Iran have repeatedly denied any such intent.
This news comes as the country continues to see widespread protests, calls for change and calls for justice over the death Mahsa Amini.
State news agency IRNA reported that the satellite carrier’s flight test with a solid-fuelled engine was successful.
Iran has one of the most powerful missile programs in the Middle East. In the last few years, there have been several unsuccessful satellite launches, many of which were attributed to technical problems.
In 2015, a UN resolution called for Iran to stop working on ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear weapons. This was in accordance with six other world powers.
Iran claims it has not pursued nuclear weapons development and the resolution doesn’t apply to its ballistic rockets. Tehran previously described them as an important deterrent force and retaliatory force.