04 Sep 2019
The U.S. sanctioned the Iran Space Agency and two affiliated research groups on Tuesday, accusing them of advancing Tehran’s missile programs, following a tweet in which President Donald Trump appeared to mock the failure of an Iranian rocket launch.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a web posting that it had added the space agency, the Iranian Astronautics Research Institute and the Iran Space Research Center to its sanctions list.
“The United States will not allow Iran to use its space launch program as cover to advance its ballistic missile programs,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “Iran’s Aug. 29 attempt to launch a space launch vehicle underscores the urgency of the threat.”
The launch failed last week when the rocket exploded on its launchpad. Trump later denied in a tweet that the U.S. played any role in the explosion. He included a remarkably detailed image in his tweet that showed the damaged launch site.
By Alex Wayne, Bloomberg, 3 September 2019
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