Bahram Qassemi

Iran not to ask for anyone’s approval for launching satellites

IRNA – Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi stated Iran’s right to take advantage of all kinds of technologies and said Tehran will ask for nobody’s approval or permission for launching its own satellites.

Making the remark during his weekly press briefing on Monday, he rejected the claims made by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and some French officials about two satellites Iran is going to launch.

Elaborating on the process of their development, he stressed that launching the satellites does not contradict with the UN Security Council resolution 2231.

Qasemi pointed to the fact that Iran had earlier reached an agreement with a European country but upon its refusal to comply with its commitments, Iran decided to carry on with the project on its own which resulted in achieving a number of aero-space achievements.

He reiterated that the structure of the satellites made in Iran as well as their launching pads are different from the ones used for military missiles and said they will be used for metrological purposes.

‘It is a non-military act and Iran needs this technology for weather forecast,’ he said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Qasemi commented on the anti-Iran meeting which is being engineered by the US in Poland, saying that the Iranian foreign ministry will take all necessary actions against any false and hostile measures taken by any country.

He underscored that the Iranian Foreign Ministry will disclose and comment on its diplomatic measures against the meeting in the appropriate time.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier announced holding a meeting in Poland with the focus on Iran on February 13-14.

He claimed that countries from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East will participate in this meeting.

The meeting will be held in line with the US efforts to promote Iranophobia policy.

Earlier on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a post on his Twitter page wrote, ‘Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended last

US anti-Iran shows are dead, disgraced, or marginalized. And Iran is stronger than ever.’

He added, “Polish Govt can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus.’