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Iran launched its satellite from Russia

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Iran has launched an indigenously developed imaging satellite from Russia.

An Iranian-made research satellite has been launched into orbit amid rising tensions with the West.

The PARS-1 remote sensing and imaging satellite was launched Thursday by a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Vostochny Cosmodrome and will scan Iran's topography from a 310-mile (500 km) orbit, according to the state news agency.

Iran's Telecommunications Minister Isa Zaripour said that PARS-1 is completely indigenously developed.

Iran claims it launched three satellites into orbit simultaneously in January using its own rocket.

Western governments, including the United States, have repeatedly warned Iran against such launches, saying the same technology could be used for ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear warheads.

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