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Nuclear dispute with Iran: Tehran tests launch vehicle

Nuclear dispute with Iran: Tehran tests launch vehicle

Nuclear dispute with Iran: Tehran tests launch vehicle

Status: 06/27/2022 04:15 a.m

Iran’s defense ministry tested a launch vehicle just before nuclear talks resumed. The government in Tehran gave the reason for research purposes.

Shortly before the resumption of the deadlocked nuclear talks, Iran says it has tested a new launch vehicle for satellites. The satellite carrier “Soldschanah” was tested for the second time “in order to achieve previously defined research goals,” said the spokesman for the space department of the Iranian defense ministry, Ahmed Hosseini, the state news agency IRNA.

In February 2021, the ministry reported the first test of the satellite carrier without providing any information on the result. At the time, Hosseini said the rocket was intended for “research purposes.” It can therefore bring satellites into an orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers and carry a payload of 220 kilograms.

agreed to resume talks

Iran insists its space program is for civilian and defense purposes only and does not violate the 2015 nuclear deal or other international agreements. However, Western governments fear that satellite launch systems contain technology that can also be used in ballistic and nuclear-capable missiles.

On Saturday, the EU and Iran agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks. The negotiations are to be resumed “in the coming days”, as EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said after a one-on-one meeting in Tehran. However, no exact date was given.

Talks have been stuck since March

The Vienna talks have been deadlocked since March. The US and Iran, which have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, accuse each other of blocking talks and communicate indirectly through the EU. The aim of the Vienna talks is to persuade Washington to return to the 2015 agreement, according to which Iran limits its nuclear activities in exchange for an easing of international sanctions.

The agreement is intended to guarantee that Iran will only use nuclear power for civilian purposes and not, as feared by the West, to build nuclear weapons. The United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and reinstated sanctions against Iran. In response, Iran has gradually reneged on its commitments.

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