Iran’s IRGC says it launched satellite amid US tensions

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Wednesday it launched a military satellite into orbit amid wider tensions with the US, a successful launch after months of failures.

There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch of the satellite, which the IRGC called “Noor," or light.

IRGC on its official website said the satellite successfully reached an orbit of 425 kilometers (264 miles) above the Earth's surface.

The two-stage satellite launch took off from Iran’s Central Desert, the Guard said, without elaborating.

The launch comes amid tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal and after a US drone strike killed IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani in January.

Iran has suffered several failed satellite launches in recent months.

On Sunday, the Guard acknowledged it had a tense encounter with US warships in the Arabian Gulf last week but alleged without offering evidence that American forces sparked the incident.

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