Iran has successfully launched a launch vehicle, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Sunday.
The Iranian Ministry of Defense said that the launch of the missile, called Zoljanah, was carried out for scientific purposes.
The ministry explained that the rocket has three stages: two – on solid fuel and one – on liquid.
Earlier in June, Western media reported, citing satellite imagery, that Iran was likely preparing to launch a missile.
The Associated Press notes that the launch took place shortly after EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell’s visit to Tehran: the parties agreed that Iran would resume indirect talks with the United States on a return to the Iranian atomic agreement (JTFP).
The United States and a number of other Western countries fear that Iran could use the space program to test technologies that can be used for military purposes: to create ballistic missiles.