August 29, 2008

North Korean TV Carries Video of Iran’s Test Launch of Satellite Booster Safir

Text of report by North Korean satellite TV on 27 August

According to a news report, Iran recently successfully conducted a test launch of the satellite-carrier rocket, Safir, in the presence of the [Iranian] president.

This country's Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics issued a statement to say that through this test launch, Iran paved the road for putting its first satellite into orbit on its own and stated that this rocket was manufactured by Iranian technicians.

[Video stills of the test launch of the Iranian satellite- carrier rocket, Safir; Caption reads: "A satellite-carrier rocket was test-launched in Iran"]

Originally published by Korean Central Satellite TV, Pyongyang, in Korean 1100 27 Aug 08.

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