France ” sentenced “ and qualifies as “Regrettable”, in a press release broadcast Friday, December 31, the launch of a rocket carrying three space research devices by Iran, considering that such an action “Does not comply with United Nations Security Council resolution 2231” at a time when negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program have resumed and are, according to the foreign ministry, in full “Progress”.
“Due to the close proximity of the technologies used for space launches and ballistic fire, this launch directly contributes to Iran’s already worrying progress in its ballistic missile program. The role of the Ministry of Defense in this launch testifies to the close link between these two programs ”, estimates the Quai d’Orsay.
Iran said Thursday it had launched a rocket carrying three space research devices into space. “The research objectives planned for this launch have been achieved”, announced Ahmad Hosseini, spokesperson for the Iranian Defense Ministry’s space unit, without giving further details. “This was a preliminary launch and we will have operational launches in the near future”, did he declare. State television briefly showed footage of a rocket firing from a desert location, welcoming the“Another achievement of Iranian scientists”.
Negotiations resumed at the end of November
“This launch also follows the firing of ballistic missiles on December 24”, also non-compliant with resolution 2231, according to Paris. This resolution “Calls on Iran not to carry out activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons”, continues the Quai d’Orsay in its press release.
This rocket fire comes in the midst of talks to save the Vienna Accord. They were relaunched at the end of November, after a five-month hiatus, between Tehran and the countries still involved in the pact (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, China). The negotiations aim to bring back into the agreement the United States, which had left it in 2018 and had reinstated sanctions against Iran. Washington is participating in it indirectly.