Iran plans to send monkey into space

TEHRAN Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:12pm EDT

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran plans to send a live monkey into space next month, the latest advance in a missile and space program which has alarmed Israel and its western allies that fear the Islamic Republic is seeking nuclear weapons.

The official IRNA news agency on Monday quoted the head of Iran's Space Agency as saying five monkeys were undergoing tests before one is selected for the flight on board a Kavoshgar-5 rocket.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last August that Iran planned to send a man into space by 2017.

Western countries are concerned the long-range ballistic technology used to propel Iranian satellites into orbit could be used to launch atomic warheads. Tehran denies such suggestions and says its nuclear work is purely peaceful.

Last week, Iran launched its second domestically built satellite into orbit, the Rasad 1 (Observation), which it said was for transmitting images and weather forecasts.

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Majick1 wrote:
Isn’t it interesting that the countries hoping to gain world domination are always concerned about the newcomer on the block. We went through years of cold war lies about the Soviets and were seconds away from world destruction because of a US glitch. Looks like the same will happen with Iran. So far only suspicions and accusations but this time around it is a hard sell. Show me concrete proof Iran has a military nuke program and I’ll get on board otherwise it is just more Israel/US propaganda. It is hard to believe anything from the government after George Bush and his lies about Iraq.

Jun 27, 2011 9:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeanLynam wrote:
Personally I would be very concerned about the intentions of Iran.
Also I would be very concerned for the wellbeing of the monkey.

Jun 28, 2011 10:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
robert1234 wrote:
Good for Iran. Why is high-tech limited to the Western nations and those with nukes? Remember, Iraq gave up nukes and got invaded. Also giving up nukes was…Libya. There is a lesson in that, that the only way to stop the West from military action is to have nukes. I support Iran having nukes since it would stop more wars from happening. EVERY nation needs to have half a dozen pocket nukes. It would keep all the nations honest.

Jun 28, 2011 9:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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