US, 3 European Allies Say Iran Space Launch Vehicle Violates UN Resolution

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Iranian flag fluttering in front of Iran's Safir Omid rocket, which is capable of carrying a satellite into orbit, before it's launch in a space station at an undisclosed location in the Islamic republic - Sputnik International
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The United States in a joint statement with France, Germany and the United Kingdom claimed that Iran’s space launch vehicle violates a UN Security Council Resolution.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States in a joint statement with France, Germany and the United Kingdom said Iran’s space launch vehicle violates a UN Security Council Resolution and they are filing a complaint with the Secretary-General.

"With its latest launch of a Simorgh space launch vehicle on 27 July, Iran has again demonstrated activity inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231," the statement, issued by the State Department on Friday, said. "We condemn this action."

The release added that space vehicles use technologies similar to ballistic missiles. The UN resolution requires Iran to withhold from any activity related to ballistic missiles designed with the capability to deliver a nuclear weapon, the release stated.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany are addressing these issues with Iran bilaterally, the release added.

Earlier on Friday, the Department of Treasury issued sanctions against six Iranian entities with connections to Tehran’s ballistic missile program.

The release noted that Iran’s ballistic missile program has a destabilizing impact in the region. Iran previously conducted missile launches into Syria on June 18 and tested a medium range ballistic missile on July 4, the release added.

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