Iran has successfully test-fired a satellite rocket, just after showing signs it might accept an international deal over its nuclear programme. Iranian TV said what was described as an “experimental capsule” went into orbit with a “living thing”. There were no more details.
The West is concerned about Iran’s missile technology and possible links to its nuclear ambitions. On Tuesday Tehran appeared to agree in principle to swapping enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.
President Ahmadinejad - attending a ceremony in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution - said Iran had no problem with sending most of its uranium abroad if it came back as fuel.
The US has reacted warily but says it is prepared to listen. It is deploying new missile defence systems in the Gulf, in a move condemned by Tehran.