Iran scoffs at claims Russia-launched satellite for ‘spying’

SpaceWar.com reports: “Iran dismissed as ‘childish’ Wednesday claims by the United States that an Iranian satellite launched by Russia is intended for spying.

The satellite, called Khayyam, was launched into space on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the Russian-controlled Baikonur Cosmodrome in neighbouring Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Responding to the launch, Washington said Russia’s growing cooperation with Iran should be viewed as a ‘profound threat’.

‘We are aware of reports that Russia launched a satellite with significant spying capabilities on Iran’s behalf,’ a US State Department spokesperson said.

The head of Iran’s Space Agency, Hassan Salarieh, told reporters Wednesday that the spying allegation was ‘basically childish’.

‘Sometimes, some comments are made to incite tensions; saying that we want to spy with the Khayyam satellite… is basically childish,’ he said…”

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