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Iranians launch monkey into space

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 - 00:31

Jan. 29 - Iranian state TV shows a monkey said to have been safely returned from a trip to outer space. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Iran said on Monday (January 28) it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile systems that have alarmed the West because the technology could potentially be used to deliver a nuclear warhead. The Defence Ministry said the space launch of the monkey coincided "with the days of" the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, which was last week, but gave no date, according to a statement carried by the official news agency IRNA. The launch was "another giant step" in space technology and biological research "which is the monopoly of a few countries", the statement said. State television showed a rocket launch and a monkey being greeted by a jubilant crowd after a helicopter landing. The Defence Ministry announced the launch as world powers sought to agree a date and venue with Iran for resuming talks to resolve a standoff with the West over Tehran's contested nuclear programme before it degenerates into a new Middle East war.

Iranians launch monkey into space

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 - 00:31

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