Iran to unveil new home-built satellite: report

Iran will unveil a new home-built satellite in February, a newspaper reported Thursday, amid Western concerns that Tehran is using its nuclear and space industries to develop atomic and ballistic weapons.

"The new generation of Iran's national satellite called Toloo (Dawn) will be unveiled in February," Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying by the governmental paper.

The satellite has been designed by Sa Iran, also known as Iran Electronics Industries, an affiliate company of the defence ministry, the report said.

"Needs of armed forces in operations are met with local and reliable equipment of the defence industries of this ministry," Vahidi added.

He gave no further details.

Iran's first home-built , the Omid (Hope), was launched in February to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

The launch sent alarm bells ringing in the international community, which voiced concern over Iran's development of technology that could be used for military purposes.

The West suspects Iran of secretly trying to build an atomic bomb and fears the technology used to launch space rockets could be diverted into developing long-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Tehran denies having military goals for its space programme or its nuclear drive.

Iran had earlier announced it was building seven new satellites, including three for high orbit positions.

In mid-December, the Islamic republic test-fired its Sejil 2 (Lethal Stone), which it described as a faster version of a medium-range missile that could allow it to strike Israel.

The defiant missile test came as major powers are mulling fresh sanctions against Tehran over its disputed nuclear enrichment program.

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Dec 24, 2009
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Dec 25, 2009
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Dec 25, 2009
I sure hope not! For the sake of millions of men, women and children living out life in Iran, that are no different from you or me. No different from your brother or sister, son or daughter. It is pathetically ironic and sickening that the very nations that monger fear, and spread gossip about Iran all have a unnecessarily large nuclear arsenal.I am Canadian and all-tho I do not support nuclear power or weapons, this is the 21 century, there should be no excuses for war.

Dec 25, 2009
Iran's action make it abundantly clear that their nuclear program has military intentions.

If the standoff won't be solved diplomatically soon I also expect Israel to attack. The problem is that Iran knows it too and yet it looks like they want to provoke a confrontation. Could it be they already have the nuke? The situation is getting very serious.

Dec 26, 2009
The situation is precarious, but it won't be Israel that will be the US. Iran will launch a Nuke aimed at Israel, and we will trigger or destroy it before it leaves the borders of Iran. Then a real nice retaliatory strike on all its bases...unless the dissidents throw out the governament there first.

Dec 26, 2009
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Dec 28, 2009
Dallas97702 in Bend Oregon!?!

The attacks have all ready begun. Who cares if nukes are not used yet, the war was begun several 1000's of years ago. It is all a religious war. Their god is better than our god, or is it the other way around? It all goes to the heart of the matter. G O D ruins everything. "His" believers will do whatever the "human voice of god" tells them to do!

It is funny to me someone I know says "no I'm not really into the Catholic church, I just like to sing!" But, that person goes every week plus the extras the church requires. Yet, that same church wants to make a 'saint' of the pope who helped Germany kill Jews in WWII.

How can these people be so blind about the idiocy of religion? Are our human brains that weak they can not overcome false beliefs even when presented with evidence of their falseness?

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