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Iran/nuclear issue/announcement of space launch tests

Published on February 6, 2012
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, February 6, 2012

Iran’s announcement that she has conducted another rocket launch test is troubling. If this information is correct, it constitutes a further violation by Iran of the Security Council resolutions.

Indeed, we recall that space launch vehicles and ballistic missiles use related technology and that UNSCR 1929, adopted in June 2010, forbids Iran from carrying out “launches using ballistic missile technology”.

This announcement once again deepens the concerns of the international community, at a time when Iran is developing in parallel a nuclear programme, without a credible civilian purpose, in violation of six Security Council resolutions and 11 [IAEA] Board of Governors resolutions./.

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