Iran Prepares Launch of New Missile

Iran's new missile tests draws international outcry as they prepare to launch a new long-range rocket into outer space as soon as this weekend

The Simorgh missile is on the launch pad and being fueled at an undisclosed location inside Iran. Any test of a new ballistic missile would be a violation of a UN resolution forbidding Iran from working on its rocket program.

A Simorgh rocket is designed to carry a satellite into space. Officials are concerned that any space launch uses the same technology needed to launch a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231 says Iran is “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Thursday, a senior Revolutionary Guard commander said that Iran's ballistic missile program will continue to move forward, despite threats of international sanctions.


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