US condemns attempted space launch by Tehran, seeks tougher international sanctions

Vastavam web: The US has called for tougher sanctions against the Iranian regime following the reported second failed space launch by Tehran in defiance to the international community and the Security Council resolutions. Images released by the Colorado-based company DigitalGlobe have showed a rocket at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province on Tuesday.

Industry experts have suggested the launch failed just after liftoff. The US stated that Iran’s attempted launch is an ability to eventually build ballistic missiles to threaten America’s allies. “In defiance of the international community, the Iranian regime continues to develop and test ballistic missiles, including a reported second failed space launch in less than a month,” Robert Palladino, State Department Deputy Spokesperson, said. Accusing the Iranian regime of continously defying Security Council resolutions in its quest for a robust ballistic missile force, Palladino said: “Iran continues to increase its investment in missile testing and missile proliferation even as its economy crumbles and its people suffer”.

Iran continues to brazenly defy the UNSCR 2231 that calls for endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the nuclear program of Iran, he said
Stating that Iran is working to enhance missile capabilities that threaten American allies, the State Department official said that Iran’s blatant disregard for international norms must be addressed. The US State Department said that Iran has the largest ballistic missile force in the Middle East.

He said the US will continue to impose sufficient pressure on the regime so that it changes its malign behaviour – including by fully implementing all of American sanctions. mIn 2015, a nuclear deal was negotiated and agreed to by Iran and the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany), granting Iran sanctions relief and returning frozen assets in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear programme and international inspections.