Iran’s Revolutionary Guard terror group says it launched military satellite into orbit
BREAKING: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard terror group said that it launched a military satellite into orbit amid wider tensions with the United States, describing it as a successful launch after months of failures.
“Iran’s first military satellite, Noor, was launched this morning from central Iran in two stages. The launch was successful and the satellite reached orbit,” state TV said.
On its official website, the terror group said the satellite successfully reached an orbit of 425 kilometers above the Earth’s surface and called it the first military satellite ever launched by Tehran.
There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch.
The launch comes amid tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal and after the US eliminated arch-terrorist Qassem Soleimani in January in a drone strike in Iraq.
Iran had several failed satellite launches in recent months.
Such satellite launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
American officials, as well as European nations, worry that these launches could help Iran develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.