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Iran says it tests satellite-carrying rocket, U.S. calls move 'destabilising'​

The Ghaem 100, Iran's first three-stage launch vehicle, will be able to place satellites weighing 80 kg (180 pounds) in an orbit 500 km (300 miles) from the earth's surface

November 6, 2022

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards tested a new satellite-carrying rocket on Saturday, state media reported, a move the United States called "unhelpful and destabilising".

Washington fears the same long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran has regularly denied having any such intention.

"The flight test of this satellite carrier with a solid-fuelled engine ... was successfully completed," state news agency IRNA reported.

The Ghaem 100, Iran's first three-stage launch vehicle, will be able to place satellites weighing 80 kg (180 pounds) in an orbit 500 km (300 miles) from the earth's surface, IRNA said.

Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division which developed the Ghaem 100, said the rocket would be used to launch Iran's Nahid satellite for the telecommunications ministry, state media reported.

Saturday's operation tested the first sub-orbital stage of the rocket, the reports said.

In an emailed response to the Iranian announcement, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said: "Such actions are unhelpful and destabilising."

"The United States remains concerned with Iran’s continued development of space launch vehicles (SLVs), which pose a significant proliferation concern," the spokesperson said.

"SLVs incorporate technologies that are virtually identical to, and interchangeable with, those used in ballistic missiles, including longer-range systems."

The official said launches of SLVs "defy United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231, which calls upon Iran not to undertake any activities related to ballistic missiles 'designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.'"

Washington "continues to use  a variety of non-proliferation tools, including sanctions, to counter the further advancement of Iran’s ballistic missile program  and  its ability to proliferate  missiles and related technology to others," the spokesperson added.

Iran, which has one of the biggest missile programmes in the Middle East, has had several failed satellite launches in the past few years, blamed on technical issues.

The 2015 U.N. resolution called on Iran to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons following an agreement with six world powers.

Iran says it has never pursued the development of nuclear weapons and, therefore, the resolution does not apply to its ballistic missiles, which Tehran had described as an important deterrent and retaliatory force.

Then-President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal in 2018. President Joe Biden's administration had been seeking to negotiate Iran's return to the pact but recently said it had set aside diplomacy for now because it said Tehran had supplied drones to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine.

Iran acknowledged for the first time on Saturday that it had supplied Moscow with drones but said they were sent before the war in Ukraine, where Russia has used them to target power stations and civilian infrastructure. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Tehran of lying, saying Kyiv's forces were downing at least 10 of the unmanned aerial vehicles every day.

 

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Pakistan is lagging behind neigbors on the west and East. Sad.

Since we are talking about testing. Pakistan has an army chief who is busy testing and experimenting how to overthrow its own government at the request of papa America. A test that is celebrated and lauded by the US/Western powers.

Why would Pakistan with its current political and military setup be interested in taking Pakistan forward?
 

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Since we are talking about testing. Pakistan has an army chief who is busy testing and experimenting how to overthrow its own government at the request of papa America. A test that is celebrated and lauded by the US/Western powers.

Why would Pakistan with its current political and military setup be interested in taking Pakistan forward?
When leaders live abroad, there is no real hope, they wont ever live in the nation shaped by their descisions. Im sure Modi wont be going to the UK after his term is over. Same for Iranian leaders. Gotta respect Arabs like Gaddafi and Asad, arabs dont run abroad, they die in their nations even when defeat is inevatable. No Skin in the game = no incentive to make things better.
 

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When leaders live abroad, there is no real hope, they wont ever live in the nation shaped by their descisions. Im sure Modi wont be going to the UK after his term is over. Same for Iranian leaders. Gotta respect Arabs like Gaddafi and Asad, arabs dont run abroad, they die in their nations even when defeat is inevatable. No Skin in the game = no incentive to make things better.

Forget Pakistan launching sattelites. Pakistan is a country fully under US control. Only papa America gets to decide what Pakistan does.

Good progress for Iran.
 

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Iran's launching sats with rockets and here's Pakistan where we don't even have roads cleaned. Kya hogya hamara?

I will tell you what will happen with Bajwa's Pakistan. It will remain a subservient slave of Uncle Tom. A nation that will barely get along and always teetering with fear of collapse.
 

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Forget Pakistan launching sattelites. Pakistan is a country fully under US control. Only papa America gets to decide what Pakistan does.
Why do i feel like this also means that China misplayed its hand in Pakistan? US "reorienting" Pakistan at this time could do alot of damage to China, just sayin. Just interesting to see how China will react and react to all of these developments in Pakistan- sooner or later CHina will have to enter the political issue and arena of many developing countries, avoidance will work only so long, and its about to wear out.
 

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First a congrats to Iran for making SLV and ICBM capability.

With the number of Iranian scientists, researchers, engineers and smart folks, Iran's science and technology future is really more a matter of society management and economics and honestly always has been. If not for sanctions, that path would be even easier and quicker.


Why do i feel like this also means that China misplayed its hand in Pakistan? US "reorienting" Pakistan at this time could do alot of damage to China, just sayin. Just interesting to see how China will react and react to all of these developments in Pakistan- sooner or later CHina will have to enter the political issue and arena of many developing countries, avoidance will work only so long, and its about to wear out.

Is Pakistan now more pro-US? All I know about this issue is I.Khan was removed by military people basically but are those people under the influence of US? Pakistan and China's strategic alignment will continue as long as India and China have tensions and as long as China needs more than one land route to the middle east, Persian waters/ports, and energy routes.

China has always been quite hands off on direct influence into other nations. Trade deals and agreements has given it a lot more leverage over partners particularly dependent ones but China is not well practiced in doing these things particularly in similar fashion and agendas as Europeans. There is behind any "bad" intention from China, still a force that feels intervention and influence is wrong. Perhaps from culture, history, the history of being victim of colonialism and all that plays. I do not foresee China being more assertive in these ways to any neutral or positive partner. I foresee China behaving more assertively and aggressively against anti-China partners for example Australia but even with that it will simply be economic in nature. Chinese leaders are very non familiar with this sort of stuff and have no idea of the tools and how to apply those tools as western counterparts.
 

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Why do i feel like this also means that China misplayed its hand in Pakistan? US "reorienting" Pakistan at this time could do alot of damage to China, just sayin. Just interesting to see how China will react and react to all of these developments in Pakistan- sooner or later CHina will have to enter the political issue and arena of many developing countries, avoidance will work only so long, and its about to wear out.
Nothing has changed for China.

All main projects of Sino-Pak cooperation were launched under the previous governments.

US camp has always existed, Khan's government was very recent in the grand scheme of things.
 

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I will tell you what will happen with Bajwa's Pakistan. It will remain a subservient slave of Uncle Tom. A nation that will barely get along and always teetering with fear of collapse.
Bajwa is the Pakistani Buhari- these guys came to leaderships straight from the devil, they are masked traitors.
 

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