MK Ben-Yisrael: Iran far from launching espionage satellite

Iran is very far from launching an espionage satellite, former head of the Israel Space Agency, Kadima MK Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, said Monday morning, following the Islamic Republic's claim that it had successfully test-launched a rocket capable of carrying a satellite to outer space. In an interview with Army Radio, Ben-Yisrael added that in his opinion, Iran was attempting to deter the US and Israel from attacking its nuclear facilities, and therefore, the exaggerated Israeli scare following the announcement was playing into the hands of Teheran. "If Iran were to announce it had successfully launched a satellite into space, this claim could be verified within a day or two," Ben-Yisrael said.