Iranian Minister Taunts Trump with Photo of Satellite after Launch Accident

Monday, 02 Sep, 2019

Mr Azari Jahromi later posted a selfie of him in what appeared to be a laboratory alongside some equipment, tweeting: "Me & Nahid I right now, Good Morning Donald Trump!".

But it's not clear how the image made it from an intelligence briefing into the commander-in-chief's Twitter feed.

The image tweeted by the president was also labeled, pointing out what had allegedly been damaged: the Safir mobile-erector-launcher, two support vehicles, a propellant burner trailer, and a service tower.

Iran countered President Trump's tweet of an image showing a "catastrophic accident" at a satellite launch site by tweeting a photo that seems to have the Nahid 1 in one piece. "I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One".

Her attorney said she was unable to do so because she couldn't get access to records she left at the White House, which were seized after she was sacked.

While attention remains focused on Trump's handling of the alleged Iranian rocket explosion, it remains to be seen whether Jahromi will finally get a response from the president.

Earlier this summer, the current USA first daughter was photographed sporting a curve-hugging, wine-colored dress with short sleeves and a belt. "And it's a monumentally bad idea to hint that we might have", he said.

The heated call was to discuss a deal cut by former US President Barack Obama for up to 2000 refugees - at the time detained by Australia on Manus Island and Nauru - to be settled in the United States.

According to the state-run IRNA agency, Mr Jahromi said: "I have no idea about the Semnan space centre and the defence minister, who is in charge, should make a comment on this". However, Jahromi declined to say what went wrong while showing local journalists the Nahid-1 satellite meant to be launched.

Tensions have spiked in the Gulf since May past year when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers - known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran has denied the accusation.

Twelve months on from the USA pulling out of the nuclear deal, Iran began reducing its commitments.

The tests have taken on new importance to the USA amid the maximalist approach to Iran taken by President Donald Trump's administration.

"This storm looks like it could be a very, very big one", he said.

Enriched uranium at the 3.67 per cent level is enough for peaceful pursuits but is far below weapons-grade levels of 90 per cent.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been rising lately.

Tensions also increased in the Gulf in June and July amid attacks on oil tankers.