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U.S. Secretary of State Blasts Iranian Satellite Launch

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
April 27, 2020
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Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State

Press Statement

For years, Iran has claimed its space program is purely peaceful and civilian. The Trump Administration has never believed this fiction. This week’s launch of a military satellite by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, makes clear what we have said all along: Iran’s space program is neither peaceful nor entirely civilian.

In February 2020, the head of Iran’s national space agency, Morteza  Berari, said Iran advocates for the “peaceful use of outer space.” He also said that “all our activities in the domain of outer space are transparent.” Iran’s Minister for Information claimed this week that “Iran’s space program is peaceful.” The most recent  military  launch,  which was developed and conducted in secret, proves that these  statements were lies.

This satellite launch vehicle and others launched before it incorporate technologies identical to, and interchangeable with, ballistic missiles, including longer-range systems such as intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs). No country has ever pursued an ICBM capability except for the purpose of delivering nuclear weapons.

All peace-loving nations must reject Iran’s development of ballistic-missile capable technologies and join together to constrain Iran’s dangerous missile programs. As a start, nations should support  extending the UN conventional arms embargo on Iran, which is set to expire this October. The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism should not be allowed to buy and sell conventional weapons. We also call on the European Union to sanction those individuals and entities working on Iran’s missile programs.

When the Iranian people are suffering and dying from the coronavirus pandemic, it is regrettable to see the regime waste its resources and efforts on provocative military pursuits that do nothing to help the Iranian people.

8 responses to “U.S. Secretary of State Blasts Iranian Satellite Launch”

  1. Procivic says:

    “All peace loving nations” automatically renders the U.S. and its Trump-lackey secretary of state inelligible to make such statements.

    • duheagle says:

      Sure. That Pompeo guy’s a real killjoy. I mean what’s not to like about a nation run by homicidal religious fanatics trying out their shiny new ICBM?

      • Notafanoyall says:

        The US government is also overrun by religious fanatics (of which Pompeo is a prime example) and is in possession of a few shiny ICBMs, no? Plus Tehran hasn’t started a single war in 40 years, how many has Washington started in the same time span?

        Don’t worry about it, these were rhetorical questions. I don’t feel like going in circles with a Fox viewer.

        • duheagle says:

          Rhetorical or not, I’ll answer. The only circling involved would be on your part if you simply repeat tired and false anti-U.S. calumnies like a broken record.

          To start with, I don’t think Mr. Pompeo, unlike the Iranian leadership, is going around boasting of his intention to use any of the U.S.’s shiny ICBM’s to blow up a bunch of people because his deity supposedly wants them dead and, for some reason, can’t see to that job himself.

          Iran has certainly committed numerous acts of war in other countries since the mullahs took over, including bombings in South America and the murder of a policewoman in the U.K. That last actually did provoke what was technically a war. The Brits sent the SAS into the Iranian Embassy in London. A short war to be sure, but still, by international legal norms, a war. If Iran hasn’t actually succeeded in starting any other wars in 40 years, it’s because of distance or other impediments in the way of potential responses by the nations thus attacked, not because Iran is some paragon of virtue.

          Washington hasn’t started any wars in the same time span, but it has gotten into quite a few that were started by others.

          Chronologically, the first was the Grenada incursion in 1983 following a violent Marxist coup and threats against Americans on the island.

          Next was a failed U.N. peacekeeping mission to Lebanon in 1984 which resulted in 241 Marine fatalities.

          In 1986, the U.S. conducted a punitive bombing raid on Libya in retaliation for a Libyan-instigated terrorist bombing of a disco in NATO ally Germany.

          In 1988 a U.S. punitive operation sank much of the Iranian Navy in response to attacks on U.S. warships doing convoy escort after the U.S. answered calls for help from allied nations whose shipping was being attacked by Iran as part of the so-called Tanker War it was fighting as part of the Iran-Iraq War.

          1989 saw a war with Panama which was precipitated by a long series of actions by that nation’s then-President, Manuel Noriega, culminating in a formal declaration of war on the United States by the Panamanian legislature followed by the shooting of an unarmed civilian-dressed American soldier from a Canal Zone base by the Panamanian Defense Forces.

          In 1991 the U.S. led a coalition of troops from dozens of nations assembled to reverse the Iraqi invasion and conquest of Kuwait. Following that, the U.S., U.K. and France conducted 12 years of overflights of Iraq to enforce no-fly restrictions aimed at keeping Saddam Hussein from bombing or gassing Kurds in the liberated northern 1/3 of Iraq.

          In 1993, as part of a failed U.N. peacekeeping operation, the U.S. lost 18 men killed and two helicopters in the ‘Blackhawk Down’ incident.

          1994 saw the U.S. lead a UN-sanctioned reversal of a coup in Haiti.

          In 1995, the U.S. and other NATO nations began an off-and-on bombing campaign against Serbs in the Balkans that lasted four years.

          In 1998 the U.S. made several cruise missile strikes against Al Qaeda-related targets in Sudan and Afghanistan after that non-state terrorist organization bombed two U.S. embassies in East Africa.

          In 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan after the Afghan-based Al Qaeda had killed 3,000 Americans in the four 9-11-2001 airplane hijackings and three subsequent suicide attacks.

          In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq after continual violations of no-fly zones, an attempt to assassinate former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and to confiscate Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

          Starting in 2014, the U.S. conducted a variety of military operations against the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

          In exactly zero of these cases did the U.S. simply initiate military interventions on a whim out of a clear blue sky. All these operations were undertaken either at the request of the U.N., the request of a U.S. ally or because the U.S., itself, had been attacked.

          • windbourne says:

            Not accurate on why for Grenada, but, we were invited in;

            W’s invasion of Iraq was 100% BS.
            Of course, this is what created ISIS.

            But, all the rest is accurate.

            IOW, other than W’s invasion of Iraq, America never initiated anything.

            BTW, one that you missed was our ‘invasion’ of Libya’. Obama opposed that, but France, Italy, and I think Germany, were the 3 that pushed it and used the NATO alliance to get us to do the real invasion with our aircraft.

          • gunsandrockets says:

            How would you rank the Obama era action vs Libya?

  2. windbourne says:

    Iran’s space program is neither peaceful nor entirely civilian.

    Show me a nation that started a space program where it was not involved with military at least initially. MAYBE Japan, but even I doubt that.
    S. Korea? Oh yeah, it is military.
    India? Absolutely.
    Europe’s? It was 100% military moved to civilians. Even now, there continues debate on the use of solid fuel for launches.
    Soviets and America? 100% based off Military. In fact, Russia has been joined by CHina in doing loads of military work in space.

  3. windbourne says:

    The internet is NOT American. It was started up DARPA, and moved into commercial, but when W opened it up, it truly became global.
    Even now, China, Iran, and N. Korea are just few of the nations in which their governments CONTROLS the internet very closely.

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