Iran’s ICT minister posts picture of astronaut suit on his Twitter account. (Twitter)

February 5, 2020

Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology posted a picture of Iran’s space suit on his Twitter account on Tuesday with the caption “Astronaut costume #bright_future”.

Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, a former intelligence officer and currently the youngest member of Iran’s cabinet, didn’t manage to stir up a wave of national pride.

Instead, users scrutinized the picture and realized the space suit was in fact a $20 Halloween costume available for purchase on Amazon.com and other online retailers.

The only differences between the two are slight but clearly noticeable. The Iranian suit removed the Nasa logos and the US flag on the left arm from the Halloween costume and you can clearly see the stitches where they used to be and stitched an Iranian flag on the right arm which is not even a symmetric rectangle.

People took to Twitter to express their amazement and to ridicule the costume.

Ariane Tabatabai, an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, tweeted: “.. Jahromi’s tweet does provide for some entertainment (mostly because of its the perfect marriage of incompetence and hubris, which really summarizes the Islamic Republic’s track record on many issues)..”

An Iranian human rights activist, Ahmad Batebi, tweeted pictures comparing the two suits.

While Hadi Nili, a journalist who covers the US for BBC Persian, reminded people that US magazine Foreign Policy had once called Jahromi “Iran’s Macron”.

Tehran announced on Monday that it will launch a satellite into orbit by the end of this week. This comes after at least two failed satellite launches last year.

Al Arabiya

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