U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

WARSAW ‘ The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials,

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WARSAW ‘ The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials, who described it as part of an expanding campaign by the United States to undercut Tehran’s military and isolate its economy.

Officials said it was impossible to measure precisely the success of the classified program, which has never been publicly acknowledged. But in the past month alone, two Iranian attempts to launch satellites have failed within minutes.

Those two rocket failures ‘ one that Iran announced on Jan. 15 and the other, an unacknowledged attempt, on Feb. 5 ‘ were part of a pattern over the past 11 years. In that time, 67 percent of Iranian orbital launches have failed, an astonishingly high number compared to a 5 percent failure rate worldwide for similar space launches.

Quite a lot has been going on:

US said to widen ‘secret program’ to sabotage Iran’s missiles

According to’the Times, the American program started under the’George W. Bush administration, when the US began to integrate faulty parts into Iran’s aerospace supply chains. The program continued under the Obama administration but gradually tailed off in 2017 when it was revived under then-head of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

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Tehran says it has reined in most of its nuclear program under a landmark 2015 deal with major powers, but it has kept up development of its ballistic missile technology.

Experts told the newspaper that not all of Iran’s aerospace failings could be blamed on US sabotage efforts as missiles are prone to malfunction during tests.

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‘Secret US sabotage program’ could be to blame for Iranian satellite launch failures ‘ NY Times

Two Iranian rocket failures so far this year can be chalked up to US sabotage efforts, the New York Times reported, citing more than six current and former government officials who told the paper these botched satellite launches are part of an 11-year “pattern.”

The report acknowledged that it was impossible to measure the success, impact, or even existence of such a program, but pointed to the Iranian space agency’s high launch-failure rate ‘ 67 percent as opposed to a global average of five percent ‘ as proof of American saboteurs’ effectiveness.’

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  • Date: 2019-02-14T03:31:00+00:00
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Media Reports Claim ‘Secret US Sabotage Program’ Could Be Responsible For Iranian Satellite Launch Failures

A classified American sabotage program has all but grounded the Iranian satellite and missile programs, according to anonymous government officials who claim the US has been infiltrating Iranian tech with faulty parts.

While the CIA declined to comment, government officials reportedly requested that the Times not publish the names of specific suppliers that were involved, as these were still being used as conduits for defective parts. Thanks to the oppressive climate of sanctions, Iran was already forced to source its parts from ‘black markets and shadowy middlemen’ ‘ ‘targets the CIA found comparatively easy to penetrate,’ the sources state.

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