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Iran’s president volunteers for space

TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday he is ready to take the risk of being the first Iranian astronaut as part of Iran’s goal of a manned space flight.

‘‘I’m ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country’s scientists,’’ the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying in an address to space scientists in Tehran.

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