Nour-1, Another Light in the Dark

Marzieh Motahhari
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has launched Iran’s first military satellite into orbit.
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The satellite dubbed Nour (light)-1 was deployed from Qassed 3-stage launcher on Wednesday, April 22, marking the 41st anniversary of the founding of the IRCG.

 

The satellite which successfully reached an orbit of 425 kilometers above the Earth's surface was described as Iran’s first multi-purpose satellite with application in different areas including the defense industry.

 

Commenting on the unique achievement, IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami said, “Today, we can observe the world from space,” noting that the satellite could assist Iran in “intelligence warfare.”

 

The launch is part of the empowerment approach advised by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, enhancing the country’s defensive might.

 

The achievement clearly shows that the “maximum pressure” could not hamper Iran’s progress.

According to Iranian officials all parts and components of the satellite and the launcher were produced indigenously. The achievement clearly shows that the “maximum pressure” campaign which has been in place since Trump’s unlawful and unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018, could not hamper Iran’s progress. In fact, Iran is racing toward becoming a regional and international power, despite all the challenges and hostilities that the country faces, especially from the US.

 

Just recently Iran became a new epicenter of the coronavirus while it was already battling with the inhumane US sanctions that blocked the export of vital drugs and medical equipment to the country. And among the things that require special authorization by the US are “oxygen generators, full-face respirator masks and thermal imaging equipment”, all needed to treat Covid19 patients and protect medical workers. Yet, not only did the US not respond to the humanitarian calls for lifting Iran’s sanction during the pandemic, but also there were reports that the country’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, had been arguing for “a more direct strike on Iran” that could take the country by surprise amid the breakout.

 

Another challenge is the US military presence in the Persian Gulf that poses a threat to Iran. Just last week, the IRCG speed boats ran circles around a squadron of US warships that were sailing close to Iranian waters. The US officials called the reaction by Iranian speed boats a “provocative action”. This is while the boats were just monitoring a hostile country’s naval fleet which was within striking distance of the Iranian land. In a late response to the incident, US President Donald Trump threatened Iran and claimed in a tweet on Wednesday that he has “instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats” if they harass US ships at sea.

Successful launching of Nour 1 satellite shows that Iran is determined to win over all the difficulties and threats

 In fact, it seems that President Trump who is now widely criticized inside the country for his poor handling of the pandemic, is trying to distract the public from his inefficient addressing of the outbreak by stepping up his hostile rhetoric against Iran. In reaction to Trump’s threat, the spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said that “Instead of bullying others today, Americans should put their efforts into saving their forces, who have contracted coronavirus,” calling on the US to evacuate their forces from the region and rescue their people who are in the crisis.

 

Yet, with all such threats and challenges, the Islamic republic of Iran needs to get powerful through its “resistance economy” and it thus has every right to strengthen its military capabilities and improve its deterrence. Successful launching of Nour 1 satellite shows that Iran is determined to win over all the difficulties and threats by relying on its own resources and the talents of its people, instead of expecting help from abroad.