Blaze in Iranian Space Research Center not linked to “Friendship Satellite”: Minister

Mashad, Feb 4, IRNA – The deadly fire in the Iranian Space Research Center is not linked to the launch of “Friendship Satellite”, ICT Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari-Jahromi said on Monday.

He made the remarks while talking to IRNA correspondent on the sidelines of a ceremony in the northeastern city of Mashad where a development center was inaugurated at the city’s ICT Park.

The Informations and Communcations Technology Minister further noted that the fire was not a terrorist incident either.

One of the transportation installations of the Iranian Space Research Center was being tested eight days ago when it caught fire.

The fire was so fierce that killed two of the technicians and an engineer working at the center.

The minister ruled out rumors about connections between the fire and launching Iran’s “Friendship Satellite”, saying the incident is under investigation.
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