TEHERAN, Iran – The latest news about Iran's failed satellite launch in orbit around Earth on Tuesday (all times local):
The US State Department condemns the failed satellite launch of Iran as an act that defies the international community.
Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday that the vehicle that Iran was trying to launch into a technology job used "virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles."
Pompeo added that the launch "increases Iran's ability to eventually build such a weapon."
He said the US is working with its partners "to counter the full range of threats from the Islamic Republic, including the missile program that threatens Europe and the Middle East."
The Israeli Prime Minister accuses Iran of lying about its launch of satellites.
Benjamin Netanyahu says the supposed "innocent satellite" launched on Tuesday was actually "the first phase of an intercontinental missile" that Iran is developing in violation of international agreements.
Netanyahu says the launch is part of the lies of the Iranian government, starting with the denial of trying to develop a nuclear weapon and showing off the nuclear agreement reached with the world powers.
At a ceremony that welcomes the incoming head of Israel, Netanyahu said that Israel should pierce its lies. It (Iran) is all the time. "
Iran announced that, despite the criticism from the United States, it had carried out one of at least two satellite launches, but that the Payem satellite did not reach the "necessary speed" to reach a job.
Iran says it has launched a satellite launch, criticized by the US, but the satellite has not been able to reach a job.
State TV on Tuesday quoted the country's minister of telecommunications because the country failed to bring the Payam satellite into the orbit.
Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said that the satellite carrier's rocket did not reach the "necessary speed" in the third phase, although he had successfully passed the first and second stages of the launch.
Earlier in January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran's plans to send satellites into orbit around the world show that the country is defeating a UN Security Council resolution calling on Iran not to engage in any activity with relation to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Iran insists that the launches do not violate the resolution.
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