NHK World and others on 4th September reported that the US government has imposed sanctions on 3 Iranian space organisations – the Iran Space Agency and 2 affiliated research organisations linked to the development of rockets and satellites – accusing them of helping to develop ballistic missiles. The US Treasury designated the Iran Space Agency, Iran Space Research Center and the Astronautics Research Institute. The Iran Space Agency develops satellites and launch vehicle technology, and works with the Iran Space Research Center on day-to-day tasks as well as research and development, according to the State Department. They have also worked with a sanctioned liquid-propellant ballistic missile organisation, Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group. The Astronautics Research Institute has managed the space vehicle launch project, according to the US Treasury.
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