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RT America 20 Dec 2019

FULL SHOW: Iran warns it will 'curb' bad behavior

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Fresh US sanctions were slapped on Iran while a rare diplomatic interaction took place at the United Nations Security Council. RT America's Sayeh Tavangar reports. (0:59) Protests have been raging for weeks across India after a citizenship amendment bill passed that effectively discriminates against Muslim migrants. RT America's Julie Varughese reports (5:31). US Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is bringing attention to the money the federal government has wasted over the last year with his annual airing of grievances. RT America's Rachel Blevins reports. (13:38) Plus. RT America's Faran Fronczak takes a look at the impact of US sanctions. (21:28)

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Iran has announced it successfully launched the country's first military reconnaissance satellite after months of failures, a programme the United States alleges is a cover for missile development.
"The first satellite of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been successfully launched into orbit by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC]," said the elite forces' official website on Wednesday.
It said the satellite - dubbed the Nour - was deployed from the Qassed two-stage launcher from the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau.

The satellite "orbited the Earth at 425km [264 miles]", said the website. "This action will be a great success and a new development in the field of space for Islamic Iran."

The IRGC called it the first military satellite ever launched by Tehran. It used a Ghased, or "Messenger", satellite carrier to put the device into space, a previously unheard-of system.

As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and historically low oil prices, the missile launch may signal a new willingness to take risks by Iran.

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