İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps say they successfully launched the country’s first “military satellite” into an orbit around earth. "The first satellite of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been successfully launched into orbit by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC]," said the forces' official website on Wednesday.  The satellite has been called 'Noor', meaning 'light', and the IRG used a Ghasad satellite carrier for launch, a system that was previously unknown.

The launch comes after Iran has abandoned all the limitations of its nuclear deal with world powers that President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from in 2018. Trump’s decision set off a months-long series of escalating attacks that culminated in a U.S. drone strike in January that killed a top Iranian general in Iraq, followed by Tehran launching ballistic missiles at American soldiers in Iraq. Iran announced new anti-ship missiles with a range of 700km and drones that have a range of 1,500km and may be armed with anti-tank missiles. Iran is on steroids in its attempt to show off its military capabilities at sea, in the air and in space.

U.S and Israel strictly condemned the launch. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called for Iran to be held accountable for the launch of a military satellite, adding that he thinks the action violated a United Nations Security Council resolution. "I think every nation has an obligation to go to the United Nations and evaluate whether this missile launch was consistent with that Security Council resolution," Pompeo said.

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