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Iran Launches Satellite That Failed to Reach Orbit

Iran Launches Satellite That Failed to Reach Orbit

It's one of two satellites that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told reporters the country was going to launch "in the coming days."

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Iran Launches Satellite That Failed to Reach Orbit

A satellite that Iran launched early Tuesday did not successfully reach orbit.

According to Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, the satellite  did not reach  the crucial speed necessary in the third stage of its launch.

It's one of two satellites that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  told reporters  Monday the country was going to launch "in the coming days." Tuesday's launch comes after U.S. Secretary of State Mike  Pompeo warned Iran  that its space plans would violate a U.N.

Security Council resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal.

It "calls upon" Iran not to undertake activities related to ballistic missiles that can deliver nuclear weapons, but it doesn't outright ban missile tests.

Pompeo said Iran's launch vehicles "incorporate technology that is virtually identical to that used in ballistic missiles." Iranian officials deny the accusations, saying the satellites are for  telecommunications purposes .

But at least one other country agrees with the U.S.'s assessment.

Israeli  prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed  Tuesday that the satellite Iran launched is "the first stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile" it's developing.

As of Tuesday morning, the State Department had not commented on Iran's satellite launch.

But it previously suggested such a move could lead to the U.S. imposing new sanctions on the country.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .




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