Iran Acknowledges Rocket Explosion, Says Test Malfunctioned

The incident raised suspicions of sabotage in Iran's space program.

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time that a rocket at its Imam Khomeini Space Center exploded after satellite photos showed the blast last week, with an official saying a technical malfunction during a test caused the explosion. The comments by government spokesman Ali Rabiei were the first explanation offered by Iran for Thursday’s explosion, which came ahead of a planned satellite launch by the Islamic Republic that the U.S. has criticized.…

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