0441 GMT March 22, 2019
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months' time after the failed attempt on Tuesday.
"We have achieved great success in building satellites and launching them. That means we are on the right track," Rouhani was quoted as saying by state media. "The remaining problems are minor, will be resolved in a few months, and we will soon be ready for a new launch," Reuters reported.
Iran's bid to send a satellite into orbit failed on Tuesday as the space vehicle, named Payam, did not reach adequate speed in the third stage of the launch.
Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said Payam satellite was mounted with four cameras. It was intended to be used for imaging and communications purposes and orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers (310 miles), according to a report on the ministry’s website.
He said the satellite failed at the third stage because the rocket “did not reach adequate speed.”
“I would have liked to make everybody happy with good news but sometimes life doesn’t go forward the way we anticipate,” he said on Twitter.
Another satellite, named Doosti, was waiting to be launched.
“We should not come up short or stop,” Azari Jahromi wrote. “It’s exactly in these circumstances that we Iranians are different than other people in spirit and bravery.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday for the second time accused Iran of posing a missile threat after Tehran launched the satellite.
Pompeo renewed his claim that the launch defied UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed an international nuclear agreement, from which the United States has withdrawn.
Prior to the launch, he had warned Iran against the mission, claiming that any such project ran counter to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal as well as the t resolution.
Iran responded by giving assurances that there is no military aspect to its satellite activity and that its missile tests are in no way banned under the nuclear agreement or the UNSC resolution, because the missiles are not designed to deliver nuclear warheads.