Iran dismissed US hints that the satellite launched by Russia for Tehran on Tuesday would be used for “espionage” purposes, saying it was just “childish” comments.
Moscow launched Tehran’s Khiam remote sensing satellite aboard a Soyuz 2.1-B carrier rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The move was criticized by the United States, which felt, through a spokesman for its Foreign Office, that growing cooperation between Russia and Iran should be viewed as a “deep threat”.
“We are aware of reports that Russia has launched a satellite with significant spying capabilities on behalf of Iran,” the spokesman added.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, the head of the Iranian Space Organization, Hassan Salary, said: “Sometimes some statements are made to create tension. To say that we want to spy through the Khiam satellite … is childish.
He stressed that “the tent satellite was completely designed to meet the needs of the country in crisis management … natural resources, mines, agriculture and others.”
And The Washington Post previously quoted Western intelligence officials that Russia would first use the satellite for several months for military purposes related to the military operation in Ukraine before handing it over to Tehran.
However, the Iranian Space Organization stressed in a statement on Sunday that the satellite and orders related to its operation and control “will be issued from the first day and immediately after launch by Iranian specialists at the space bases of the Ministry of Communications and Information.” Technology.”
She stressed that “the sending of commands and the receipt of information from this satellite will be carried out using encrypted algorithms … and no other country has the ability to access this information, and some of the rumors that have spread about the use of images of this satellite for military purposes for other countries are wrong.”
The moon, which probably bears this name “Khayyam” in reference to the Persian scholar and poet “Omar Khayyam” who lived between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, seeks to “control the borders of the country” and increase agricultural productivity. , control water resources and manage natural disasters. According to the Iranian agency.