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Russia not as willing to work with the Iranian Space Agency this time around

Despite working with the growing Iranian space program in the past, a senior Russian space official said the country won't help Iran launch another satellite into orbit any time soon.

The Russian space program helped Iran launch its Sina-1 spy satellite into orbit in 2005, which helped kick start the Iranian space program.  The country had been interested in space research development for several years prior to the 2005 launch, but didn't have the necessary technology to launch its own hardware.

Without the help of Russia, the Iranian Space Agency would have been unable to launch the 160-kilogram spy satellite into near-polar orbit, though the country now has ambitious space plans moving forward.  Since 2005, the country successfully conducted its own satellite launch, sending another spy satellite into low orbit.  

"I've had a number of meetings with various Iranian ambassadors -- I'm saying ambassadors because they change very, very frequently," Russian Federal Space Agency head Anatoly Perminov said during a recent press conference.  "They were asking me different questions, and they were making proposals; I didn't understand what they meant, and speaking honestly, I didn't find any reasonable feasible aspects in their questions."

The western world is still concerned with Russia assisting Iran with its space endeavors because launching satellites into orbit goes hand in hand with the possibility of launching long-range ballistic missiles.  After helping the country launch its first spy satellite in 2005, Russian officials vehemently denied Iran posed a threat to the world -- it seems a combination of political pressure and a new outlook of Iran has changed Russia's mind.

President Barack Obama plans to meet with Russian leaders, and one of the topics discussed will be Russia's plans to help Iran and other nations launch satellites.  Although the United States and other space nations sometimes help countries unable to launch their own space technology, helping Iran and countries deemed a threat to the world is obviously frowned upon.

Pres. Obama and other western leaders are watching North Korea closely, as it's possible Iran may call on Kim Jong-II to help launch satellites.  Scientists recently claimed North Korea has the infrastructure to launch a missile capable of hitting "Alaska, Hawaii, and roughly half of the lower 48 states."

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RE: awwww
By CZroe on 7/1/2009 2:53:41 PM , Rating: 0
There's a reason Bush mentioned all three together in his "Axis of Evil." Iran and North Korea WERE working on nukes and could fight back. Iraq only pretended to have WMDs, but wasn't nearly able to hit back with any, so they could use it as an excuse to intimidate Iran and North Korea.

It only intimidated them to suspend their program for a little while until worldwide disapproval of the US' actions actually *emboldened* them. It backfired in the worst possible way: We are still there, North Korea now has nukes and Iran has resumed working on them (especially now that we maintain a presence there).

No matter what, it still boils down to oil & US interests. Attack Iraq to stabilize the regions because our economy depends on stabilty in the oil supply thus stability in the Middle East. The goal of stability for Iraq and the region is self-serving either way you look at it.

RE: awwww
By joos2000 on 7/2/2009 2:39:27 AM , Rating: 1
Your conspiracy theory is retarded. Attack Iraq to stabilize the region? Go back to the tard-farm.

RE: awwww
By MrPoletski on 7/2/2009 4:09:51 AM , Rating: 1
Iran has resumed working on them

I know that evidence is a lot to ask for, but where is it?

RE: awwww
By meepstone on 7/2/2009 5:45:40 AM , Rating: 2
Top imports of oil into the U.S.

1. Canada
2. Mexico
3. Saudi Arabia
4. Venezuela
5. Nigeria
6. Angola
7. Iraq

If we are invading Iraq for oil. why havent we attacked the other 6 first since we get more oil from them over Iraq. It would be more cost efficient.

Also, we don't control the oil in Iraq because it is not ours. If anything the war made the country less stable making gas prices rise and hurting ourselves. Plus pay for the war. Conspiracy theories of us going to war for oil is so thin its rediculous.

RE: awwww
By randomposter on 7/2/2009 9:42:54 AM , Rating: 3
There's a reason Bush mentioned all three together in his "Axis of Evil."

Because he's a moron?

RE: awwww
By MrBlastman on 7/2/2009 11:57:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm beginning to think that Obama is dumber - and that is hard to do!

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