Iran launches satellite-capable rocket into space

Iranian state television showed footage of the Simorgh (Phoenix) rocket being launched carrying pictures of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and said the rocket can put a 250-kilogram satellite into an orbit 500 kilometers high.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal and said Iran couldn't pursue missiles capable of delivering nuclear payloads.

Iran had vowed to respond to the latest set of USA sanctions, which targeted 18 entities or individuals that had supported Iran's ballistic missile programme or the country's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The United States denounced a "provocation" by Iran and a possible violation of united Nations resolutions.

Iran said it successfully launched another rocket Thursday capable of carrying satellites into space. The State Department says that type of technology is inherently created to be able to carry a nuclear payload. But it recently abandoned plans to potentially send humans into orbit, saying in late May that the cost of doing so was prohibitive.

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"We consider this to be provocative action".

As with its nuclear program, Iran claims its satellite program is for entirely peaceful purposes, despite being managed by the Iranian defense ministry.

The Simorgh rocket is believed to be a two-stage liquid-fueled vehicle, much larger and more powerful than the modified Shahab-3 long-range missiles used in previous Iranian launches. That launch happened while Iran was negotiating the nuclear deal.

The u.s. House of Representatives had voted on Tuesday of new sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran, including the ballistic program of Tehran.

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