Iran, which long has said it does not seek nuclear weapons, maintains its satellite launches and rocket tests do not have a military component. Tehran also says it hasn't violated the U.N. resolution as it only "called upon" Tehran not to conduct such tests.
But the possible launch also comes as tensions again rise over Iran's nuclear program. Since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear accord with world powers in 2018, Iran slowly abandoned all the limits the deal put on its program.
Today, Tehran enriches uranium up to 60% purity -a short technical step from weapons-grade levels of 90%. Its stockpile of enriched uranium also continues to grow and international inspectors face challenges in monitoring its advances.
Lewis said he expects to see the space program accelerate given Raisi's interest. "They're not constrained by worries about the Iran deal in the same way that Rouhani was," he said.
To make rich or richer especially by the addition or increase of some desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient.
A missile containing explosive that is powered by gas.
The Iron Dome was specially designed to help combat shorter-range rudimentary weapons like the rockets fired from Gaza.