>> After ignoring US warnings not to launch a satellite, Iran did just that. And it failed. The countries' telecoms minister said it malfunctioned in the third stage of the launch because it did not reach adequate speed. Iran says the satellite will be used for imaging and communications purposes.
Washington warned Tehran this month against three planned rocket launches. The US said the move would violate a UN Security Council resolution, because they use long range ballistic missile technology. The concern is that this sort of technology, used to put satellites into orbit, can also be used to launch warheads.
Iran considers its space program a matter of national pride. They say, space vehicle launches and missile tests are not violations, and will continue. Another satellite like this one is waiting to be launched.