Tehran
20 January 2024

The IRGC’s Aerospace Force reported “successfully launching the Soraya (Sky) satellite to an altitude of 750km above the earth's surface for the first time”. On January 26, the E3 condemned the launch, noting: “This SLV uses technology essential for the development of a long-range ballistic missile system… We have longstanding concerns over Iran’s activity related to ballistic missile technologies that are capable of delivering nuclear weapons. These concerns are reinforced by Iran’s continued nuclear escalation beyond all credible civilian justification”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson criticised the statement as “interventionist”, asserting that “in spite of a series of arbitrary interpretations rooted in the unilateral tendencies of certain parties, there are no limits to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s scientific and applied activities in the sphere of space research”.

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