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U.S. Sanctions Target Iran Space Agency

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
September 4, 2019
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WASHINGTON, DC (State Department PR) — Today, the Department of State designated the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 for engaging in proliferation-sensitive activities. This is the first time the United States is designating Iran’s civilian space agency for activities that advance its ballistic missile program.

The United States will not allow Iran to use its space launch program as cover to advance its ballistic missile programs. Iran’s August 29 attempt to launch a space launch vehicle underscores the urgency of the threat. These designations should serve as a warning to the international scientific community that collaborating with Iran’s space program could contribute to Tehran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon delivery system.

Editor’s Note: The sanctions freeze any assets in the United States owned by the Iran Space Agency, Iran Space Research Center, and Aeronautics Research Institute. American citizens are barred from doing business with these organizations.

2 responses to “U.S. Sanctions Target Iran Space Agency”

  1. mike shupp says:

    Iran’s nominally civilian space program is a terrible threat! And North Korea’s ICBM program is completely benign!

    Yeah, sure.

    • duheagle says:

      If that was actually the Trump administration’s viewpoint, you might have a point. But as that is not the case, you don’t. If Trump was okay with more Nork ICBM tests, why is it, do you suppose, that the DPRK hasn’t been running any lately?

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