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Intelligence Minister: Recent Satellite Launch Shows Failure of Sanctions in Blocking Iran's Progress

Politics - Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi underlined that the successful launch and orbiting of home-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite proved the inefficiency of sanctions in stopping the country's progress.

 Speaking in the Central city of Kashan on Wednesday, Alawi said "launching Fajr satellite and sending it into the orbit has this message that the country's aerospace industry is highly active" and pressures and sanctions have failed to block the nation's progress.

He also underscored that despite pressures, sanctions and falling oil prices, the government is running the country very normally.

Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi

The Fajr satellite was sent into the orbit on the back of the home-made Safir-e Fajr launcher on Monday.

After ordering its launching, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country had ushered into a new era of aerospace technology by sending a new home-made satellite into orbit.

"The prominent Iranian scientists and thinkers have entered a new stage in area of space sciences," Rouhani said after the launch.

"The government is determined to continue the path of national progress and God willing, we will reach a stage in the coming when all the country's needs in the space field will be met by the hands of the powerful Iranian scientists and based on indigenized technology," he added.

In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan congratulated the Iranian government and nation on the successful launch and orbiting of the satellite.

The fully home-grown satellite which has been built by experts at the defense ministry's Aerospace Industries Organization proves the Islamic Republic of Iran's high capabilities to launch satellites into orbit, General Dehqan said.

"It is also another indicator of the country's flourishing scientific growth in the state-of-the-art technologies," he added.


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