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President Raiesi Underlines Failure of West’s Sanctions in Hindering Iran’s Progress

Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Raiesi praised the successful launch of the domestically-developed “Nour-3” imaging satellite into the orbit, and underscored that that Western sanctions and threats have all failed to hamper Tehran’s progress.

Iran announced on Wednesday the homegraown Nour-3 imaging satellite was successfully placed into a 450km orbit of the earth with the homemade Qased satellite carrier. The IRGC had launched the first Iranian military satellite, Noor-1, in April 2020, and Noor-2 in March 2022.

President Rayeesi congratulated the Iranian nation on the successful launch of “the Nour-3” satellite into the space, describing the achievement as another sign of the failure of the sanctions and threats by the enemies of Tehran.

“The production and placing the Iranian Nour 3 satellite into an orbit of 450km from Earth, using Iranian satellite carrier Qased, once again showed that threats and sanctions have no impact on the determination of our young scientists for the progress of the Islamic Iran,” the president said in his message on Wedensday.

He called the launch “a national success” and the result of his administration’s attention to the country’s space industry.

Iran’s president expressed gratitude towards all those active in that industry.

Rayeesi also urged the Ministry of Information and Communications as well as the Iranian Space Agency to continue to pave the way for the progress of the country’s space industry.

Iran has taken giant strides in the field of science of technology in recent years, despite US sanctions, and is among the world’s top 10 states capable of building and launching satellites.

Back in late August, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani stated Tehran plans to launch two or three satellites by the end of the Iranian calendar year (ending in mid-March 2024).

Iran launched its first satellite Omid (Hope) in 2009 and its Rasad (Observation) satellite was sent into orbit in 2011. In 2012, Iran successfully put its third domestically-made satellite, Navid (Good News), into orbit. In April 2020, the country announced the successful launched of its first military satellite into orbit. In March 2022, it blasted its second military satellite into space. And in August 2022, Iran sent Khayyam, a high-resolution imaging satellite, into orbit.

Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed Tehran’s serious determination to advance space technology.

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