(JNS) An Iranian attempt to put a satellite in orbit failed on Feb. 9, in yet another setback for what the United States claims is part of a covert Iranian ballistic missile program.

Iranian Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi confirmed the failure on Twitter.

“I wanted to make you happy with good news but sometimes life does not go the way we want it to. The launch was not successful,” he wrote, according to Reuters. “We will make improvements for future launches,” he said.

An Iranian defense ministry official told state TV earlier that the launch itself had been successful but that the satellite failed to reach orbit. At least two Iranian satellite launches failed in 2019.

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