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Iran Postpones Satellite Deployment

An Iranian satellite deployment previously scheduled for last week now could be pushed back as late as March 2013, Iranian Space Agency head Hamid Fazeli told the Islamic Republic News Agency (see GSN, May 17).

Fazeli provided no reason for the deferred launch, Agence France-Presse reported on Tuesday.

Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization head Mehdi Farahi earlier this month said his country would fire the Fajr orbiter into space on May 23. Iran's space activities have drawn concerns from the global community, as technology used to place objects into orbit can also be applied to ballistic missiles (Agence France-Presse/PhysOrg, May 29).

Separately, every Middle Eastern armed forces installation in located inside the flight reach of missiles developed and manufactured by Iran, the deputy commander of the nation's Revolutionary Guard said on Friday.

Iran's ground-to-ground, ground-to-air or extended-distance ballistic weaponry could strike any such site with significant accuracy, the country's Press TV quoted Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami as saying (Press TV, May 26).

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