Published: Sat, July 29, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

U.S. hits Iran with more sanctions in response to space launch

U.S. hits Iran with more sanctions in response to space launch

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday that the administration considered the launch-successful or not-to be a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The six Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group subsidiaries the ageny called "central" to the Iranian missile program, are responsible for a range of components to Iran's ballistic missile program, including the development of structural components, liquid-propellant, missile engines, guidance systems, research and ground control systems. The "Simorgh" rocket is capable of carrying a satellite weighing 550 pounds (250 kilograms), Iran state television said.

In addition, foreign financial institutions that facilitate significant transactions for, or persons that provide material or certain other support to, the entities designated today risk exposure to sanctions that could sever their access to the United States financial system or block their property and interests in property under the USA jurisdiction.

"Nauert also called Iran's rocket launch a "provocative action" that violated the "spirit" of the 2015 nuclear deal".

The nuclear deal does not cover Iran's ballistic missile programme.

"Rhetoric and actions from the USA show bad faith", he said.

President Donald Trump, who this month reluctantly recertified Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published this week that Washington had been "extremely nice" to Tehran by saying it was complying with the terms of the deal.

On Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, said his country is complying with the nuclear deal and suggested that the United States is not complying with the "letter and spirit" of the deal.

On Thursday, U.S. Strategic Command, which monitors launches around the world, could only confirm a satellite was not deployed from the rocket.

Iran's state media on Thursday claimed the launch was successful, but USA spy agencies quickly determined that assessment was more propaganda than fact. "Progress in Iran's space program could shorten a pathway to an ICBM because space launch vehicles (SLV) use inherently similar technologies", the report said.

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