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Official: Iranian satellite launch failed due to technical issues
Iranian satellite launch failed due to technical issues: Official
DUBAI — An Iranian rocket exploded on its launch pad at Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran before its scheduled launch on Thursday, an Iranian official said.
The launch was due to have taken place despite US warnings to Iran that it should avoid such activity.
"It was due to some technical issues and it exploded but our young scientists are working to fix the problem," the Iranian official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. He gave no further details.
A US official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, also said that Iran suffered a satellite launch failure.
The United States, Iran's long time foe, fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads.
Tehran denies the US accusation that such activity is a cover for ballistic missile development.
Satellite imagery published by the Planet Labs Inc. showed a black plume of smoke rising above a launch pad in the center.