The Iranian state news service is reporting that country’s space agency is preparing to send a monkey into space, Reuters reported.
The agency is currently performing tests on five primates in advance of sending one on board a Kavoshgar-5 rocket.
The United States has raised concerns that the country’s space program could be used to launch nuclear-tipped missiles — a charge Iran denies.
Last year Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran would launch a man into space by 2017. The country launched its second satellite into orbit last week.
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