Dubai: Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi tweeted on Monday, highlighting a programme the United States says is a cover for ballistic missile development.

“Yes, a site is being prepared for placing the Zafar satellite into orbit” Azari-Jahromi tweeted, along with a link to an NPR story which noted that satellite imagery suggested the Islamic Republic is preparing for a space launch.