Iran launched rocket carrying satellite, official says
Thursday Iran launched a rocket carrying a satellite a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News — but it’s unclear if the Islamic Republic achieved its ultimate objective of putting the satellite into orbit.
The launch, at around 2 p.m. local time, had been anticipated by defense officials.
Iran’s official media said the launch was successful, however, a U.S. official couldn’t immediately confirm if the rocket reached space and if the satellite successfully deployed.
Iran has never successfully placed a satellite into orbit.
Thursday’s launch comes two days after a U.S. Navy warship fired warning shots at an Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf, the first such episode since President Trump took office.