Obama administration gravely concerned by first Iranian satellite
The White House and Pentagon voiced grave concern Tuesday, Feb. 3 over the launch of Iran’s first satellite into space as the Islamic Republic continues to work toward developing long-range missile capability. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said any effort to develop missile delivery capability, continue an illicit nuclear program, threaten Israel and sponsor terror is of “acute concern to this administration.”
Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters that Iran poses “a real threat and a growing threat.”
At a joint news conference with UK foreign secretary David Milliband, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton announced William Burns would join the six major powers in Germany Wednesday to discuss the next steps on Iran’s nuclear designs which she called a threat to the world. “We are reaching out a hand, but the fist has to unclench,” she said.