Iran Officials Keep Denying Space Launch Failure Despite Imagery

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A photograph tweeted by President Trump of a failed rocket launch in Tehran was reportedly from an intelligence briefing and not meant for public view - even as Trump said he had the right to put out the photograph.

Satellite imagery shared by NPR on Thursday showed that an Iranian rocket appeared to have exploded on the launch pad while attempting to launch a satellite into orbit.

A day earlier, President Donald Trump had posted a photo via Twitter of Iran's Imam Khomeini Space Center in Semnan, 219 kilometers (136 miles) southeast of the capital city, Tehran.

Trump on Friday tweeted what appeared to be a USA spy photo of the damage at the launch pad.

President Macron has been leading efforts to de-escalate the situation and he expressed hopes of bringing together Mr Rouhani and Mr Trump for a meeting during a Group of Seven (G-7) summit days ago.

Jahromi's selfie appeared to be a response to speculation about the Nahid-1, suggesting that it was still intact. Iran maintains that its satellite launches are not linked to its missile program, which it says is a key element of its national defense strategy. The US has criticized the initiative as a way for Tehran to advance its ballistic missiles.

"Me & Nahid 1 right now".

Mr Jahromi told The Associated Press in July that Tehran planned three satellite launches this year, two for satellites that carry out remote-sensing work and another that handles communications.

A satellite photo produced by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies shows a black plume of smoke rising from the launch site before Thursday's scheduled launch.

"I think it is extremely unlikely that the US had anything to do with the explosion".

In a later tweet Trump underlines that the US was not involved in the incident. Satellite images picked up evidence that a launchpad in Iran's space centre had been charred by an explosion.

The United States has warned Iran against rocket launches, claiming that the country's space program is a mere cover for military-grade missile development. Tehran also says it hasn't violated the United Nations resolution as it only "called upon" Tehran not to conduct such tests.

She due to this fact wrote a e-book about Mr. Trump, "Unhinged", launched in August 2018, through which she described the president as a "racist" who has many times used the N-word.

Tensions between Iran and the USA have escalated dramatically since previous year, when Washington withdrew from the milestone 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers.

Iran has recently begun to break the accord itself while trying to push Europe to help it sell oil overseas.



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