"The Simorgh satellite launcher carried three research cargos into space," defense ministry spokesman Ahmad Hosseini said, quoted by state television. "The research goals foreseen for this launch have been achieved," Mr. Hosseini added, without elaborating on the nature of the research.
Western governments worry that satellite launch systems incorporate technologies interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
Iran insists its space program is for civilian and defense purposes only and does not breach the nuclear deal or any other international agreement.
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