Pompeo Said That Iran Used Ballistic Missile Technology To Launch The Satellite
Iran with the launch of its military satellite technology has been used, obtained in the framework of the development of ballistic missiles. This opinion was expressed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a written statement issued by the State Department on Saturday.
According to the chief of American diplomacy, the launch vehicle that launched the satellite into space "used technologies that are similar and interchangeable" with those involved in programs to create ballistic missiles and, in particular, Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). "No country has ever used the ICBM capability, except to deliver nuclear weapons," the Secretary of State believes.
Pompeo believes that Tehran's space program "poses a threat and is not peaceful," and the launch of a military satellite only proved this. The head of the American foreign Ministry called on the international community not to allow Iran to continue its ballistic missile development program. He once again called on the UN Security Council to extend the existing arms embargo against Iran, which expires in October. "We also call on the European Union to impose sanctions on individuals and entities working on Iran's missile programs," Pompeo added.
As Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, Tehran is not doing anything that would contradict UN Security Council resolution 2231 on the Iranian nuclear issue, while the US and Europe are not complying with its terms. According to him, Tehran does not violate the terms of the resolution, since "Iran does not have any nuclear weapons or missiles that can carry [a nuclear charge]."