Iran has received space operations systems relevant to potential missile construction from the Russian government-linked arms firm Rosoboronexport, Ynetnews.com on Monday quoted a U.S. intelligence report to lawmakers as saying (see GSN, March 7).
Iran's 6-year-old relationship with the Russian company began with antimissile-related sales and has included exports of materials for missile-relevant Iranian space initiatives, according to the findings (Yitzhak Benhorin, Ynetnews.com, June 10). Rosoboronexport also deals with the U.S. Defense Department, The Hill reported (Carlo Munoz, The Hill, June 11).
"The assessment is that Moscow is almost certainly not adopting a policy of supplying support for Iran's missile program," but Moscow does not interpret the space-related dealings to breach pledges against missile-related trade with Tehran, Ynetnews.com quoted the U.S. report as saying. 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 (see GSN, June 4; Benhorin, Ynetnews.com).