Topic: Iran's nuclear program
The United States considers Iran's launching of a Kavoshgar-3 rocket a "provocative act," White House spokesman Bill Burton told journalists on Wednesday.
Iran said on Wednesday it had successfully launched a satellite carrying an "experimental capsule" as part of events to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
"A launch like that is obviously a provocative act," Burton said in Washington. "But the president believes that it is not too late for Iran to do the right thing -- come to the table with the international community and live up to its international obligations."
State media said the domestically-built Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) rocket was carrying a rat, a turtle and worms into space for research purposes. The rocket transfers telemetric data, live pictures and flight and environmental analysis data.
Kavoshgar 3 is an updated version of the previous models. Iran blasted Kavoshgar 1 into space in February 2008. Kavoshgar 2, carrying a space-lab and a restoration system, was launched in November 2008.
In other space-related events in Iran, national media showed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiling a new domestically-built satellite booster rocket, Simorgh, capable of carrying a 100-kg satellite up to 500 km above the planet.
The Islamic Republic also presented the domestically-produced Tolou, Mesbah-2 and Navid telecommunication satellites.
Western powers suspect Iran of using its space program to develop its missile capabilities. Iran has denied the charge.
Iran's first research satellite, Omid (Hope), designed for gathering information and testing equipment, was orbited last February and successfully completed its mission on April 25, 2009.
In 2005, Iran launched its first commercial satellite, Sina-1, into orbit from a Russian rocket.
Iran is expected to unveil five space projects during Feb 2-11 celebrations to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
WASHINGTON, February 3 (RIA Novosti)
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- beachjusticecorrupt politicians run out of excuses06:06, 19/03/2011"A launch like that is obviously a provocative act,"
Really? There is not any concievable reason Iran would develop technology other than to scare the US?
"come to the table with the international community and live up to its international obligations."
Which obligations are these? Obligations not to build rockets and satelites to send into orbit? Clearly, Iran being the only nation in its subcontinent that has signed and adheared to the NPT according to all the evidence and IAEA inspectors, the US govt is running out of excuses. First the excuse was that the sovereign nation of IRAN was to be threatened for humanitarian reasons, supposedly to protect protesters. When it became clear the protesters did not desire any military action, the excuse became support for palestinian militants. When the US govt was called out on their hypocracy on this issue, and after Iran offered an end to material support in exchange for recognition by the US of the IRI's right to exist, the US government quickly changed the subject to supposed production of nuclear WMDs. After being called out on the US government's hypocracy once again, and after definitive evidence emerged that there was no evidence of any WMD program, the US has since not given any reason for condemnation, has only released totally vague statements, impossible to back with the slightest evidence, as to why it opposes a sovereign entity 100% free of their direct influence in the region.
Iran has a clean slate when it comes to being an aggressor in conflicts, and this annoys the US government (and their chartered colony, Israel, that acts with impunity on their behalf), that any nation which enforces control over energy supplies also determines its own destiny and refuses to have policy dictated to it by the US.
Sure, the US exerts influence in its own best interest as any superpower would. Understandable enough. But the US government lacks the moral fortitude to even be honest to their own people about their true intentions, and allows zionists to lie through their teeth in misinforming their good people, mismanaging the money they make, scapegoating their problems at home to foreigners. They will fight to the end to prevent others from knowing their true intentions.
This whole mess only stands to get worse as Israel continues to expertly fool the US government and its otherwise noble people regarding what the true source of the international tension, and US decline, is.
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.