Not clear whether launch of ICBM by Iran was for satellite: US intel sourcesx

As shown in previous posts, “satellite” or “scientific” launches mask the true intention: ICBM capability and development.

The following three articles highlight such cases:

Iran launches observation satellite: media

Iran launches new satellite using ballistic missile technology

Iran ICBM Advances — Iran conducts test of new rocket motor with ICBM capability

 

American intelligence sources said Sunday they are not sure that Iran’s April 19 launch of its new “Simorgh” intercontinental ballistic missile was for putting a satellite into orbit, as Tehran claims. They said it may have been intended to test the third stage of the ICBM and that the Iranians had no intention of launching a satellite. Continue reading

Iran ICBM Advances — Iran conducts test of new rocket motor with ICBM capability

U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected Iran conducting a static ground test of a large rocket motor that could be used for a future intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), according to U.S. officials.

Disclosure of the recent rocket engine test comes as Congress is prodding the Obama administration to deploy a third ground-based missile defense interceptor base on the U.S. East Coast. Continue reading

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