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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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Russia to Iran
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/1/2009 3:50:49 PM , Rating: 5
Iran: Do you mind if we launch a "satellite"?

Russian: Let's get something straight. We back you because of how it rubs the US. That doesn't change the fact that you're bat-ass crazy.

RE: Russia to Iran
By Belard on 7/1/2009 4:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah... but North Korea is actually Bat Sh** crazy and Iran is... ruled by hard-line religious nuts.

N.Korea is more dangerous as they actually have a nuke or two. While Kim is a loonie, his military maybe a bit smarter to not actually use the nuke... but then again, N.Koreans are taught that Kim is their "GOD" while they eat dirt. The day N.Korea attacks S.Korea, that will be the day that Kim's hold on the country goes away and the other 600 rich families lose power.

S.Korea would take a severe pounding, thousands will be killed. If N.Korean solders started entering the south, they would think they are on another planet... what the rest of the world has LIGHTS and running water?!

NATO would be concentrating their firepower on N.Korea's military sites & the front. Doubt that China would want to get directly involved if/WHEN the North fires the first shot.

Not sure how much the modern China would care that N.Korea crumbles. They are tired of dealing with the refugees. But in the OLD days, they didn't want NATO/US Forces on their boarder. But realistically going to war against the USA is never in the best interests in China, nor visa-versa. There is nothing to gain, but plenty to lose.

N.Korea doesn't have much to lose other than control of their own people.

RE: Russia to Iran
By geekman1024 on 7/1/2009 11:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
" If N.Korean solders started entering the south,"

If that is going to happen, South Korea is gonna have a big win in the soldering contest, since they are more experienced with it.

However, if North Korea is really going to enter South Korea with their solder, I'll foresee that people are going to stop buying things from Samsung. It's terrible to find out that capacitors and resistors or even the main chips keep falling off from your cellphones.

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