State TV: Iran launches missile as nuclear talks resume

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iranian state television said on Sunday that Tehran has launched a solid-fuel missile with a satellite carrier, a day after Iran and the European Union agreed to resume stalled talks over Iran’s ruptured nuclear deal with world powers .

It’s unclear when exactly the rocket was launched, but the announcement came after satellite photos showed preparations at a launch pad in the desert. Iran had also acknowledged that it had planned tests for the satellite-carrying Zuljanah missile. State-run media claimed the rocket launch was successful.

The news comes after Josep Borrell, the European Union’s head of foreign policy, traveled to Tehran to rekindle stalled negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and announced on Saturday that the US and Iran would end indirect talks in the coming months. days would resume.

Past missile launches have led to reprimands from the United States, saying such satellite launches defy a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Iran to refrain from any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Iran, which has long said it is not seeking nuclear weapons, is maintaining its satellite launches and missile tests have no military component.

The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Defense Ministry spokesman Ahmad Hosseini as saying the satellite carrier would collect information in low Earth orbit and would be critical to promoting Iran’s aerospace industry.