Adding another irrational move to the list, the United States President Donald Trump updated an unusual picture on his official Twitter account, concerning the top rival Iran. On August 30, he released a high-resolution image of an apparently failed Iranian rocket launch, stating that the America had nothing to do with it. However, it didn’t end there.
Within few hours, the photograph raised concerns that the US President disclosed classified information. It was a surveillance image taken from the US satellite or drone, depicting the rocket that exploded on the launch pad at the Semnan Space Center in northern Iran on Thursday.
“The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran,” Trump said in a tweet.
It was the third successive failure of the Islamic Republic to prove it could loft satellites into orbit. The third attempt was being planned by Tehran since two launches in January and February failed. The mysterious explosion was speculated to have been an American sabotage, instead of an accident.
Referring to these assertions, Trump attempted to mock Tehran, but ended up creating another controversy. Particularly because the Iranian government had no say on the accident. It neither acknowledged the mishappening, nor did the Middle Eastern nation blamed it on the western foe.
The picture of Iran’s Safir satellite rocket, its location with annotations pointing to damaged vehicles and the launch gantry, raised several questions. The first was whether Trump had fetched the classified photo from his morning intelligence briefing, just to taunt Iran. Concerned, security experts also stated that the adversaries could get a valuable information about the US’ intelligence gathering abilities from the President’s tweet.
However, Trump on Friday said, “We had a photo and I released it, which I have the absolute right to do.”
The Islamic Republic made no official comment on indications from the aerial photos on the US President’s Twitter account. While the publicly available satellite photos also show the rocket’s explosion, it was Trump’s tweet that captured world’s attention. Could the concerns of security experts turn true?