Iran acknowledges rocket explosion at space center, blames technical malfunction

Iran acknowledges rocket explosion at space center, blames technical malfunction
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Iran on Monday acknowledged a rocket explosion at its space center and blamed a technical malfunction for the incident, the Associated Press reported.

Satellite photos had originally shown the explosion at the Imam Khomeini Space Center last week.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE was criticized by experts after tweeting out a detailed photo of the site of the failed satellite launch which may have been classified.

Trump denied that the U.S. played any role in Iran’s failed attempt to launch a satellite into space, while appearing to sarcastically wish Tehran “good luck” in determining the cause.
 

Iranian spokesperson Ali Rabiei slammed Trump for doing so on Monday.

“We don’t understand why the U.S president tweets and posts satellite pictures with excitement. This is not understandable,” he said. “Maybe this is because lack of Iran-related subjects that they raise such issues.”

“The explosion happened at the launchpad and no satellite had yet been transferred to the launchpad,” Rabiei said, according to AP. “It happened at a test site, not at the launch site.”

The explosion marked the third failure involving a rocket at the Iranian center.

Because the rockets Iran is testing incorporate the same technology used for missiles, the United States has argued that the launches violate a United Nations Security Council resolution in which Iran “is called upon” not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles.