Middle East

Iran launches rocket into space


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Picture: AFP.

IRAN successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday, the country’s state media reported without elaborating.

Iranian state television described the launch as involving a “Simorgh” rocket that is capable of carrying a satellite weighing 250 kilograms. The state media report did not elaborate on the rocket’s payload. “Simorgh” means “phoenix” in Farsi.

The website YJC.ir, which is affiliated with Iranian state television, as well as the semi-official Fars news agency, also reported the launch on Thursday, saying it was successful.

The launch comes as the United States has criticised Iran’s ballistic missile tests.

Jarrod Sierocki

Iran successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday, the country’s state media reported without elaborating. Picture: AP.Source:AP

Such tests are allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran struck with world powers. However, American officials argue that they …

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