France condemns failed Iran satellite launch

This photo shows the aftermath of a failed missile launch at the Iranian space center in August 2019. (File photo: AP)

France on Monday condemned a bid by Iran to put a satellite in space, urging Tehran to abide by international obligations on its controversial ballistic missile program.

“France condemns this launch which calls on technologies used for ballistic missiles and, in particular, intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement after Iran announced it “successfully” launched a satellite Sunday but failed to put it into orbit.

Recalling Iran’s obligations under a 2018 UN Security Council resolution, the ministry added: “Iran’s ballistic program hurts regional stability and affects European security. France calls on Iran to fully respect its international obligations in this matter.”

Washington has long raised concerns in the past about Tehran’s satellite program, saying the launch of a carrier rocket in January 2019 amounted to a violation of limits on its ballistic missiles.

The Zafar -- “Victory” in Persian -- satellite was launched on a Simorgh carrier rocket but failed to reach orbit.

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