USA sanctions Iran after space launch

Simorgh rocket launched and tested at the Imam Khomeini Space Centre Iran in this handout

"Rhetoric and actions from USA show bad faith", Zarif added.

Each of the six entities is responsible for developing, manufacturing or producing components that can be used in ballistic missiles or launchers, according to OFAC.

It's something Iran has never accomplished.

The U.S. says it is imposing new ballistic missile sanctions on Iran.

Simorgh is capable of placing a satellite weighing up to 250 kg in an orbit 500 kilometers above earth.

The U.S. has said that launch flouted a U.N. Security Council resolution because the technology is inherently created to be able to carry a nuclear payload.

She called Iran's rocket launch a "provocative action" that violated the "spirit" of the JCPOA. The action breaches a UN Security Council resolution due to the possibility that it could be used in ballistic missile development, according to the State Department.

Under the agreement, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related bans imposed against Tehran.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday that Iran's test violated a United Nations resolution which endorsed the 2015 deal and calls upon Tehran not to conduct activities related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi also on Friday condemned the US State Department's "meddlesome" remarks as an example of Washington's opposition to the scientific and technological progress of independent countries.

The sanctions come a day after Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, in what was a major advancement for the country's space programme. Iranian official sources state that the rocket has reached orbit.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly verified Iran is in compliance with the agreement.

Friday's announcement comes after the US Senate adopted another batch of sanctions against Iran, North Korea and Russian Federation, and amid rumors that the Trump administration is considering a review of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

He also urged the U.S. officials to prevent unlimited arms sale and deadly weaponry for wars "which have targeted security, stability and peace in the region".

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