Iran has confirmed it has launched its first rocket capable of launching a satellite into orbit. There had been some media reports that a new kind of space missile had been fired, but this has been denied by Iranian officials. The launch comes amid increasing tension between the West and Iran over its nuclear programme.
President Mahoud Ahmadinejad is today quoted as saying his country has “obtained the technology to produce nuclear fuel and the project is now like a train: there are no brakes and no reverse gear”. Last week Iran ignored a UN deadline to halt its enrichment of uranium. Members of the UN Security Council are due to meet in London this week to decide the next course of action. Iran refuses to stop its atomic work, saying it has a right to use the technology for civilian purposes, denying it wants to make weapons.