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France Calls Iran’s Space Launch ‘Regrettable’ Amid Nuclear Deal Talks

The attempted launch drew criticism from the United States, Germany and France.
France Calls Iran's Space Launch 'Regrettable’ Amid Nuclear Deal Talks
FILE- Iranian satellite carrier rocket Simorgh is launched in an unknown location in Iran, in this picture obtained Dec. 30, 2021. (Ministry of Defense of Iran / WANA handout via Reuters)

Voice of America

France on Friday condemned Iran's satellite rocket launch and said it was "all the more regrettable" as nuclear talks with world powers were making progress, echoing concerns expressed by the United States and Germany.

Iran said Thursday it had used a satellite launch rocket to send three research devices into space, as indirect U.S.-Iran talks take place in Austria to try to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal.

The satellite launch was in breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions, France's foreign ministry said.

"These activities are all the more regrettable as they come at a time when we are making progress in the nuclear negotiations in Vienna," the French foreign ministry said.

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