A press statement by the State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Robert Palladino, asserted that "the Iranian regime continues to develop and test ballistic missiles, including a reported second failed space launch in less than a month. Space launch vehicles use technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including in Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). This attempted launch furthers Iran's ability to eventually build such a weapon that threatens our allies". "The Iranian regime", the statement went on to say, "continues to increase its investment in missile testing and missile proliferation even as its economy crumbles and its people suffer... Iran has also exported ballistic missile systems to malign actors in the region, threatening innocent civilians". The statement concluded by arguing that "we must bring back tougher international restrictions to deter Iran's missile program", adding that "we will continue to impose sufficient pressure on the regime so that it changes its malign behaviour - including by fully implementing all of our sanctions".
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