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Iran to launch satellite; U.S. says programme linked to missiles

DUBAI, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Iran will launch a satellite on Sunday, a government minister said, as part of a fledgling programme the United States says is a cover for ballistic missile development.

"The Zafar satellite will be placed in orbit today from Semnan at a speed of 7,400 kilometers," Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said, according to the official IRIB news agency. (Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)