"Iran has unveiled the next stage of its space programme, saying it is going to send a monkey into space next month.
Five monkeys were undergoing tests before one was to be selected for the flight on board a Kavoshgar-5 rocket, the head of Iran's space agency was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency on Monday.
The announcement comes after Iranian state television showed footage of a missile training exercise conducted by the country's Revolutionary Guards.
A spokesman said the war games tested long, medium and short-range missile capability on ground and sea targets.
Iran says it has a wide range of missiles, some capable of striking Israel and US bases in the region"