Iranian official: Italy deviates from handing over Misbah satellite
The country has rocket carries to launch a Misbah satellite into the orbit, but unfortunately Italy deviates from the handing over the satellite to Iran arguing the international sanctions, Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization Head Hamid Fazeli was quoted as saying by Isna news agency.
The satellite's production began in 1977 and was later frozen for 19 years. The Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization resumed the project in 1996. The Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology has conducted research work on the project. The Communications Ministry signed an agreement to produce the satellite in 1998. Iran invested $ 10 billion in this project.
The U.S. and other Western countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons for military purposes under the guise of peaceful nuclear energy program. Tehran denies the charges, saying that its nuclear program is aimed solely at meeting the country's electricity needs. The U.N. Security Council adopted six resolutions in connection with the suspension of Iran's nuclear program. Four involve the use of economic sanctions on Iran.