Pentagon Responds To Iranian Satellite Launch | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17

Airborne 11.15.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 11.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17

Airborne 11.15.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Wed, Feb 04, 2009

Pentagon Responds To Iranian Satellite Launch

Renews Concerns About Ballistic Missile Development

Iran's launch of a low-orbit satellite into orbit this week "is clearly a concern of ours" because it could lead to the development of a ballistic missile system, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said Tuesday.

Morrell responded to questions about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement that Iran had launched its first Iranian-built satellite into orbit. A domestically built Ambassador-2 or Safir-2 rocket reportedly carried the satellite into space.

Iran has "officially achieved a presence in space," Ahmadinejad declared as Iran observed the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The launch heightened concern that Iran could take the next step of developing long-range ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

"It is certainly a reason for us to be concerned about Iran and its continued attempts to develop a ballistic missile program of increasingly long range," Morrell said today. "Obviously, there are dual-use capabilities in the technology here which could be applied toward the development of a long-range ballistic missile."

The United States isn't the only country concerned about Iran's activities. "Everybody in the region," including Israel and its Arab neighbors, as well as US allies in Europe and Russia, has raised concern, Morrell said.

During conversations with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, former Russian President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin referred to Iran's activities as Russia's "Number 1 security threat," Morrell said.

Monday's launch only reinforced these concerns about Iran, Morrell told reporters.

"We have long recognized ... that they pose a real threat, and it is a growing threat, and that they are determined to develop long-range ballistic missiles," he said. "And I think all of Europe has recognized that to be the case, and that is why they unanimously embraced a third site for missile defense in Europe."

NATO plans to put a European missile defense system in place to combat missiles fired from rogue states such as Iran. The radar for the NATO system will be in the Czech Republic, and the 10 interceptor missiles will be based in Poland.

Deputy State Department spokesman Robert Wood called for increased pressure from the international community, including Russia and China, to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"Russia and China share our concern about what Iran has been doing, not only with regard to its nuclear program, but ... with regard to missile technology," he said. "I think, frankly, everyone can do better with regard to trying to limit Iran's ability to act ... with regard to missile technology and its nuclear program."

UN Security Council Resolution 1718 prohibits Iran from engaging in missile-related activities.

(Aero-News thanks Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service)

FMI: www.defenselink.mil

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been inclu>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17: Drone Registration, AT&T's Flying COW, Pilot Charged

Also: Boeing Completes Acquisition, Drones For LAFD, DJI Seeks Transport Canada’s Help, Uber and NASA A defense authorization bill that includes a return to civilian drone re>[...]

ANN FAQ: You Can Sponsor ANN And/Or Aero-TV!

Help ANN Grow So That We Can Be Of Greater Service To You! For the better part of a dozen years, ANN has set the pace for the growing and evolving aero-info revolution. No other ne>[...]

Airborne 11.17.17: Cabri G2 Heli-Upgrade, NBAA/KSMO, USAF Pilot Shortage

Also: Electronic Flight Bags, SNC's Dream Chaser, flydubai Buys 225 737 MAX, Scottish Airshow Nixed The FAA has approved Service Bulletin 17-009 for the Guimbal Cabri G2 that allow>[...]

Airlander 10 Gets Trashed... Again

'Broken in Two' -- This is the Airlander's Second Major Mishap The Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304/Airlander 10 has been involved in yet another accident... this time when the massive >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC