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Iran new satellite ready for lift-off into space: Minister

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan

Source : Presstv / 2 Nov 2013

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country’s new domestically designed and manufactured satellite is ready to be launched into orbit, and it will be lifted into space in due time.

“Presence in space is a strategic issue and indicates the scientific, technological and industrial power of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Dehqan said in the Iranian Persian Gulf island of Kish on Tuesday.

He added that Iran enjoys “acceptable potential and capabilities” regarding the manufacture of satellites and satellite carriers as well as lift-off of satellites and their navigation in the space.

The Iranian defense minister expressed hope that such achievements would further progress under the current Iranian administration.

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

Dehqan also said Moscow must honor its deal with Iran with regards to the delivery of Russian-made S-300 missile systems to the Islamic Republic.

A group of senior Russian military officials recently visited Iran to find a solution to the dispute over the missile systems.

“The implementation of the agreement was among the major issues discussed with the Russian side. Russia has refused to honor the deal under the pretext of sanctions [against Iran]. This is while the contract was signed before the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution, and Moscow must therefore stand committed to the deal,” he stated.

Under a contract inked in 2007, Russia undertook to provide Iran with at least five S-300 missile systems. However, Moscow refrained from meeting its obligations under the pretext that they were covered by the fourth round of the UN Security Council sanctions against Tehran.

Following Moscow’s failure to deliver the systems, Iran filed a complaint against the Russian arms firm, Rosoboronexport, with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva.

Dehqan further noted that Iran pursues active defense diplomacy in line with the consolidation of regional security and stability, stressing that the Islamic Republic regards the presence of outsiders in the Middle East as a source of insecurity.


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