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Iran to launch two satellites in 'coming days'

AFP  |  Tehran 

Iran's said Monday the Islamic republic plans to launch two domestically made satellites into orbit in the "coming days" to gather information on the country's environment, state TV reported.

"In the coming days we will launch two satellites into space," said during a trip to the northeastern province.

"Both the Payam and its are made in our own country and by the youth of this nation," he added.

Payam would orbit the earth at about 600 kilometres above its surface, according to state TV.

Rouhani did not name the second satellite, but said both were manufactured at

Iran's minister said Wednesday that Payam and a second called Doosti had been successfully tested and that there would be "good news" soon, the conservative agency reported.

Doosti would be tasked with the same purpose as Payam, with a focus on agriculture, and would orbit at an altitude of 250 kilometres, he added.

Earlier this month, US said Iran's plans for sending satellites into orbit would violate a 2015 resolution which endorsed an international accord on ending Tehran's nuclear programme.

Resolution 2231 called on to refrain from any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

"The will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime's destructive policies place international stability and security at risk," Pompeo said in a statement on January 3.

and have been at loggerheads since the US walked away in May last year from the landmark deal with and reimposed crippling sanctions on the country.

denied the charges Monday that its were a violation of the resolution, semi-official agency quoted as saying.

"The is part of a civil project with purely scientific aims. will wait for no country's permission to conduct such scientific projects," Ghasemi added.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 22:10 IST