Press TV, the state-run satellite broadcaster, said the animal was launched in a space capsule code named Pishgam, or Pioneer. The development coincided with continued stalemate in the unrelated Western effort to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear enrichment program, which Western powers maintain is designed to create nuclear weapons technology—an assertion Iran denies.
So, sending this animal into orbit for a moment “coincided” with the “unrelated” 35-year problems Iran has with its former imperial overlords in Washington. But unlike our former worst enemies, the treacherous Soviets, Iranian scientists claim to have retrieved this abused animal alive after its terrifying adventure 75 miles above Earth. Also, it is sneaky of our worst enemies to use their secret language to call the monkey rocket “Pioneer,” which is a patriotic American word from the U.S. space program. Enjoy the monkey’s “selfie” on Vine!