Jan 10, 2019 09:16 Asia/Tehran

Iranian president Hassan Rounahi said that his country will soon launch satellites into the space and will continue with its aerospace program despite warnings of more economic and political isolation by the United States.

Iran Press/Iran news: Speaking at a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the demise of late chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran on Thursday, Hassan Rouhani said that we are proud of our missiles and soon will launch satellites into the space.

“Soon, in the coming weeks, we will send two satellites into space using our domestically-made rockets,” Rouhani noted according to Iran Press.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran will continue with its aerospace program, adding there was no international law prohibiting the plan.

Theses remarks came in reaction to warnings by US officials against Iran’s pursuing space rocket launches that Washington claims would violate a UN Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a pre-emptive warning to Iran against pursuing three planned space rocket launches he claimed would violate the UN Security Council Resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.

Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said on Monday that Iran would ask no one’s permission to develop its peaceful aerospace program.

“Iran will ask no one’s permission to develop its peaceful aerospace industries and will firmly proceed with its plans,” he said.

He added that Iran had successfully made preparations for the launch of two satellites namely Payam (Message) and Doosti (Friendship) and would do so upon an order by relevant officials.  

Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit over the past decade, and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using Kavoshgar (Explorer)-3 carrier.

In February 2015, Iran placed its domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite into orbit, which is capable of taking and transmitting high-quality and accurate pictures to stations on Earth.

Iran rejects claims that its launches violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that enshrines the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, including the US. 101

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