Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said the country plans to launch three domestically-developed satellites into orbit, ONA reports citing Press TV.
Azari Jahromi stated that Tehran would not back down from launching the satellites, roundly dismissing US allegations that such activity is a cover for ballistic missile development.
“The rockets which have currently been developed in Iran for carrying satellites are not something that are a cover for another kind of rocket activity,” he said.
“Because if Iran wants to have missile activity it's something that it is doing openly. It's not something that is hidden. It's part of our right to defense,” the Iranian minister pointed out.