Iran says second monkey sent into space in latest step toward manned flight

In this photo released on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 by the Iranian Students New Agency, ISNA, a man carries a monkey named Fargam, or Auspicious, during a mission to send it into space by the rocket dubbed Pajohesh, or Research in Farsi, in an undisclosed location in Iran. Iran said Saturday it has successfully sent the monkey into space for a second time, part of an ambitious program aimed at manned space flight. Iran's state TV said that the launch of the rocket was Iran's first use of liquid fuel. It said the monkey was returned to earth safely. (AP Photo/Iranian Students News Agency) EDS NOTE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE.

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's president says the Islamic Republic has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time, part of a program aimed at manned space flight.

Hassan Rouhani's website said Saturday that the rocket used liquid fuel for the first time. It did not say when the launch took place or give other details.

Iran frequently claims technological breakthroughs that are impossible to independently verify. The Islamic Republic has said it seeks to send an astronaut into space as part of an ambitious aerospace program.

Iran said that it sent its first monkey into space in January. One of two official packages of photos of the simian space traveller depicted the wrong monkey, however, raising doubts among international observers as to whether the launch was as successful as reported.

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