Iran news headlines on Saturday include Iran launching two satellites into orbit in near future; Tehran criticizing UN on Iran’s human rights reports; Iran’s Defence Minister remarks over NATO missiles hitting Turkey security and insisting on denial of Iran training Assad forces; 11 Pakistanis, Afghans killing near Iran border and an Iranian lawmaker calling Canada’s sanctions on Iran’s IRGC political gesture.
Head of Iran’s Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli says the country plans to launch two indigenous satellites into orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013). “The launching of the two satellites, Fajr and Shrif Sat, by the end of the current year is on our agenda,” Fazeli told reporters on Saturday.
Iran has strongly condemned a recent resolution by the UN General Assembly on the situation of human rights in the country, saying it has been adopted by the world’s major rights violators.
The installation of Patriot anti-missile batteries sent by NATO members to bolster Turkey’s defenses against a possible missile attack from Syria will only harm Turkey’s security, Iran’s defense minister was quoted as saying on Saturday. NATO approved Turkey’s request for the air defense system earlier this month, in a move meant to calm Ankara’s fears of being hit by Syrian missiles.
Eleven people, including Pakistanis and Afghans, were gunned down by unidentified assailants near the Pak-Iran border late Friday night. Balochistan home secretary was quoted by TV channels as saying that the deceased were illegally travelling to Iran. The dead bodies were shifted to a Gwadar hospital. Confirming the number of causalities, officials of the Balochistan Home Department told The News that the 11 people, majority of them Pakistani and Afghan nationals, were heading to trespass the Pak-Iran border for their further destination to European countries for employment.
Defense Minister Vahidi denies Tehran training Assad forces to fight rebels; claims Patriot anti-missile batteries sent by NATO ‘harm Turkey’s security’. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi denied that his country is training Syrian forces to battle the rebels, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported Saturday.
The Canadian government’s move to impose sanctions on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Iran’s volunteer Basij forces is merely a “political gesture,” an Iranian lawmaker says. “The Canadian government is not an independent government and all its measures are rooted in the British government’s moves,” a member of the Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Mohammad Saleh Jokar said on Saturday.
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