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TEHRAN (defapress)- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that his country has new surprises and achievements which will be revealed in the future, one day after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched its first military satellite into the space.
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Publish Date: 23April 2020 - 20:25

Iran to Display More SurprisesShamkhani wrote on his twitter page on Thursday that sanctions, intimidation, and political temptation cannot slow down the forward movement of the Islamic Republic to provide its national interests and legal rights.

He added that the constant creation of power using modern science will continue with the purpose of ensuring the security and prosperity of the Iranian people, from hospital to space.

"New surprises are on their way," Shamkhani said.

The IRGC successfully launched and placed Iran’s first military satellite named Nour 1 (Light 1) into the orbit on Wednesday.

The IRGC fired the satellite aboard Qassed (Carrier) satellite carrier during an operation that was staged in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran’s sprawling Central desert.

The satellite was placed into the orbit 425km above Earth’s surface.

IRGC Top Commander Major General Hossein Salami said earlier today that the military satellite, Nour 1, will further boost the IRGC defense force's strategic power of intelligence and information.

“Today, we can see the world from space and this means expansion of the strategic intelligence and information of IRGC’s powerful defense force,” General Salami said on Wednesday.

He added that launching the multi-task satellite can both create strategic added value in intelligence battles and power in intelligence wars.

General Salami said that all parts of the satellite, including the carrier and satellite, have been produced by the Iranian scientists despite the US sanctions, noting that the message of this important achievement is that sanctions are not an obstacle on the way of Iran’s progress and will further motivate the country to turn into a big power in the region and even the world in the new technologies.

Also, Commander of IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh announced that Iran has joined the superpowers which are capable of using combined fuel in satellite carriers after launching its first military satellite on the back of the home-made Qassed carrier.

“The satellite carrier is different from the previous ones as its propulsion system is a combination of liquid and solid fuel. The propulsion system has the same non-metal and composite body which was unveiled a while ago,” Hajizadeh said on Wednesday.

“Naturally, only the superpowers enjoy this capability and others are only consumers of this technology,” he added.

General Hajizadeh underlined that “access to the space is not a choice but an inevitable necessity and we should find our place in the space”.

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