Announcement of space launch tests (February 6, 2012)
Iran’s announcement that it has conducted another rocket launch test is troubling. If this information is correct, it constitutes a further violation by Iran of the Security Council resolutions.
Indeed, we reaffirm that space launch vehicles and ballistic missiles use common technology and that UNSCR 1929, adopted in June 2010, forbids Iran from carrying out “launches using ballistic missile technology.”
This announcement once again deepens the concerns of the international community, while Iran is developing in parallel a nuclear program, without a credible civilian purpose, in violation of six Security Council resolutions and 11 Board of Governors’ resolutions.