US Says Iran Rocket Test Breaches UN Resolution 2231

US Says Iran Rocket Test Breaches UN Resolution 2231

"The Imam Khomeini Space Centre.is a large complex that includes all stages of the preparation, launch, control and guidance of satellites", state television added.

Such a move by the Department of Treasury comes a day after Iran carried out launch of the Simorgh space launch vehicle.

Six enterprises listed as subsidiaries of the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group were placed on the USA sanctions list Friday, after what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin described as a "provocative space launch". Iran's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology said earlier that the country has plans to send two satellites into space by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, ending on March 20, 2018, according to Press TV.

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 U.S. financial system or block their property and interests in property under the USA jurisdiction.

'These sanctions. underscore the United States´ deep concerns with Iran´s continued development and testing of ballistic missiles and other provocative behavior, ' Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

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




"Nauert also called Iran's rocket launch a "provocative action" that violated the "spirit" of the 2015 nuclear deal. Rhetoric and actions from US show bad faith", Zarif added.

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

In another allegation against the USA adversary, Mnuchin said that missile attacks on US partner Saudi Arabia over the weekend by Houthi rebels in Yemen had likely come with the support of Iran.

Yet Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday his country is complying with the nuclear deal that Iran struck with the USA and other world powers in 2015.

The US military is saying it has not detected a new satellite in orbit in the wake of the Iranian space launch.

"Iran is not and will not be developing nuclear weapons; so by definition can not develop anything created to be capable of delivering them".

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