Iran To Launch Satellite?

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AFP is reporting that Iran is about to attempt to launch a satellite. This would, of course, be seen as a huge increase in the threat Iran poses to the entire world. It may also reflect just how close ties are between Iran and North Korea since analysts are pretty sure the technology they plan on using hinges on North Korean information and assistance.

A recently assembled, 30-ton ballistic missile-turned space launcher could also be used for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, according to the report which the weekly magazine said would appear in its January 29 issue.

The US Defense Department did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment on the report.

The Iranian space launcher "will liftoff soon" with an Iranian satellite, said Alaoddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, according to the weekly.

Boroujerdi made his announcement during a speech to religious students and clerics in Qom, where Iran has conducted some of its ballistic missile tests, said the magazine without indicating when he spoke.

Iran's new launch capabilities come at a time of heightened Western concern over Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs, and follows only by weeks a reported missile test by China that destroyed a satellite in space.

Iran's new launcher also highlights close technological ties between Iran and North Korean missile programs, the magazine said, citing US intelligence agencies.

Iran's space launcher raises concerns in the West that it could eventually lead to an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of nearly 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles), putting central Europe, Russia, China and India within its range, Aviation said.

US intelligence agencies, said the weekly, believe the Iranian launcher is a derivation of Iran's Shahab 3 missile, which has a range of 1,300-1,600 kilometers (800-1,000 miles).

Congratulations, Europe. You're about to hit the trifecta. A nuclear armed Iran, a missile system capable of hitting anywhere on your continent and a deranged messianic government in charge of both of those. Nice job on the diplomatic front.

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One Response to Iran To Launch Satellite?

  1. And this time France can’t give up 50% of their country to placate a fascist aggressor…thet’ve already done it.

    Seriously though, early last year Chirac made a comment where he stated that he would not be afraid to use nukes. At a sub base he said:

    “This response could be a conventional one. It could also be of a different kind.”

    “Against a regional power, our choice would not be between inaction or annihilation,” Chirac said in his first major speech on France’s nuclear arms strategy since 2001.

    More analysis here:

    The problem is that the failure to have the courage and the ability to use conventional forces to confront evil only _leaves_ that sort of response. As Atrios said in February of 2006:

    That essentially if they, the Iranians, use Nukes we nuke them till they glow.(sorry, can’t post excerpts here as it is profanity laden.

    So the gist of the EUnic’s and the LIberal’s defense against President Imonajihad’s nuclear weapons is to threaten mass slaughter against the innocents of that nation. I guess that’s why they are the compasionate and caring ones.

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