Iran has proved to be a major hiccup for the United States in the Middle East for quite a while. That’s why the US has imposed a “maximum pressure” campaign on the region even amidst the drastic COVID-19 pandemic.
That has not been enough from stopping Iran from building its military capabilities. We say that on the basis of recent news reports. Iran has successfully launched its first military satellite into the orbit after several attempts.
The satellite is being called Nour which means light. The world stands shocked by the announcement which had assumed that Iran would be crippled by the massive fatalities arising from the pandemic. This has further established the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a force to reckon with.
HOW DID THE WORLD REACT TO IRAN LAUNCHING A SATELLITE?
The biggest reaction predictably came from the United States of America. They are alleging that Iran is violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by developing long term missile capabilities.
Mike Pompeo criticized the launch –
“Every nation has an obligation to go to the United Nations and evaluate whether this missile launch was consistent with that Security Council resolution,” he told journalists.
Reactions also came in from Israel, which is another big rival of Iran.
“Israel strongly condemns the launch of a military satellite by the Revolutionary Guard, a terrorist organisation recognised as such by the United States,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, calling for new sanctions against Tehran.
Germany, France and the UK also expressed disagreement. Russia was supportive of Iran. China is also expected to be friendly.
The IRGC launched the satellite through a previously unknown launch vehicle called Qased or messenger. It also stood by its decision.
“All parts of the satellite, including the carrier and satellite, have been produced by the Iranian scientists despite the US sanctions,” IRGC’s leader Salami was quoted as saying.
“The message of this important achievement is that sanctions are not an obstacle on the way of Iran’s progress and will further motivate the country to turn into a big power in the region.”
This will certainly increase tensions. The region is already simmering with the most volatile conflict in quite a few years. There are signs that we are set for a full-blown war in the coming times.