Pompeo Linked The Recent Launch Of An Iranian Satellite To The Country's Development Of Nuclear Weapons
Mike Pompeo believes that the recent launch of an Iranian satellite indirectly indicates that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.
"The launch vehicle for both this satellite and those launched earlier uses technologies identical to those used in long-range ballistic missiles, in particular Intercontinental ones. No country has ever developed (technology) for Intercontinental ballistic missiles unless the goal is to deliver nuclear weapons," Pompeo said in a statement released Monday by the U.S. State Department.
"For years, Iran has stated that its space program is purely peaceful and civilian. The Trump administration has never believed in such fiction. The launch of a military satellite of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, listed as a foreign terrorist organization, clearly indicates what we were talking about - the Iranian space program is not peaceful, nor is it completely civilian," Pompeo said.
The US Secretary of state called on all peace-loving countries to unite to "contain Iran's dangerous missile programs, and to begin with supporting the extension of the UN embargo on the supply of conventional weapons to Iran, which expires in October."
Besides, he called on the EU to add individuals and organizations related to Iran's nuclear programs to the sanctions list.
The Iranian military satellite "Nur" (Persian: "light") was put into its intended orbit on Wednesday using a carrier rocket "Kasset" (Persian: "Vestnik") at an altitude of 425 km above The earth's surface. The launch took place from the landfill, located in the desert, the dashte Kavir.
According to the commander of the aerospace forces of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the first stage of the launch vehicle was developed by specialists of the Ministry of defense of Iran, using liquid fuel-the same as in surface-to-surface missiles.
In the future, Hajizadeh noted, solid fuel will be used for launches, which will reduce the size of satellites.
He added that the IRGC will try to launch another satellite in the near future, while it will be placed in a higher orbit.