Iran broadcasts footage of underground missile base


Iranian state television broadcast unprecedented footage Wednesday of a deep underground tunnel packed with missiles and launcher units, which officials said could be used if “enemies make a mistake.”
The pictures were released just three days after Iran tested a new long-range missile that the United States said may have breached a UN Security Council resolution. The footage also came a day after Iran’s Parliament approved the country’s July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers.
Iranian officials have said the nuclear agreement will not affect its military forces, particularly its ballistic missile program.
The missile launch and underground footage followed pressure from lawmakers to prove the military had not been weakened by the deal.
The tunnel, hundreds of meters long and about 10 meters high, was filled with missiles and hardware.
Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, said numerous such tunnels exist across the country at a depth of 500 meters.
“The Islamic republic’s long-range missile bases are stationed and ready under the high mountains in all the country’s provinces and cities,” he said, according to the Guards’ website.
The commander said the missiles were ready to be launched from all over Iran, on the order of “the supreme commander-in-chief,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“This is a sample of our massive missile bases,” he said, adding that “a new and advanced generation of long-range liquid and solid fuel missiles” would start to replace the current weapons next year.


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