Iran put a satellite into low earth orbit on Tuesday, in honor of the anniversary of the revolution that brought the Islamic Republic to power in 1979.
US, German and other Western officials expressed anxiety that the same technology used in the launches could also be used to develop an Iranian ballistic missile.
Iran insists that it is developing the delivery technology for peaceful civilian purposes.
It is striking that Western anxieties about Iran often depict the regime as “medieval,” but what they are really afraid of appears on the contrary to be Iranian modernity.
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