Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told state media outlets that the Islamic Republic intends to put a man into space by 2019, the BBC News reports.

“Mr Ahmadinejad said he had brought the date forward in response to pressure from Western powers over Iran’s nuclear programme.”

Iran has demonstrated a space launch capability and claims to have placed small animals into orbit, but astronauts are a different story. Then again, Amadinejad apparently didn’t say anything about bringing them home safely.