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The US has called for Iran to be held accountable after Tehran successfully launched its first military satellite.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it will allow it to 'monitor the world from space'.
The military satellite called 'Nour' - meaning 'light' in Farsi - launched from Iran's Markazi desert on Wednesday.
The US has in the past said the space programme was a cover for missile development, which Iran's leaders deny.
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Iran has announced it successfully launched the country's first military reconnaissance satellite after months of failures, a programme the United States alleges is a cover for missile development.
"The first satellite of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been successfully launched into orbit by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC]," said the elite forces' official website on Wednesday.
It said the satellite - dubbed the Nour - was deployed from the Qassed two-stage launcher from the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau.
The satellite "orbited the Earth at 425km [264 miles]", said the website. "This action will be a great success and a new development in the field of space for Islamic Iran."
The IRGC called it the first military satellite ever launched by Tehran. It used a Ghased, or "Messenger", satellite carrier to put the device into space, a previously unheard-of system.
As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and historically low oil prices, the missile launch may signal a new willingness to take risks by Iran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked for Iran "to be held accountable" over their military satellite launch, during a press conference held in Washington DC on Wednesday.
Iran launched its first military satellite in orbit on Wednesday, prompting Pompeo to say that the country violated a UN Security Council resolution.
"When you talk about the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, I think every nation has an obligation to go to the United Nations and evaluate whether this missile launch was consistent with that Security Council resolution. I don't think it remotely is."
"I think Iran needs to be held accountable for what they've done. They've now had a military organisation that the United States has designated terrorists attempt to launch a satellite," he added.
The Secretary of State did not want to comment further on speculations about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's health condition, as he is presumed to be seriously ill after a cardiovascular procedure. "We are watching closely, what's taking place there," Pompeo said.
Senior Pentagon officials are calling Iran's satellite launch a provocation after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched its first satellite into space Wednesday. (April 22)