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Iran has unveiled a terrifying new underground missile base that puts rivals like the US and Israel at risk of attack. On Wednesday, Iranian state TV showed the new rapid transport and launch system for its long-range ballistic missiles. This comes just a week after Iran confirmed it had started building a new underground nuclear plant after its previous one exploded in what Tehran described as a sabotage attack over the summer.
Revolutionary Guard Commander Major General Hossein Salami attended the system’s unveiling ceremony.
He boasted that “the flight of our missiles will shake the enemy’s core, and their force will push the enemy to retreat”.
General Salami added that Iran’s missile capabilities give Tehran the power to demonstrate its political will, and to “impose it on the enemy if necessary”.
The missile system appears to be capable of simultaneously carrying up to four long-range missiles throughout Iran’s secret underground ‘missile city’ compounds.
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This means Iran could fire a barrage of ballistic missiles in quick succession, essentially “overwhelming” its military targets.
The video from the Iranian state broadcast shows five Emad missiles set up in the vertical firing position on a single rail car which heads off down a tunnel towards a launch pad.
Potential targets within the range of these missiles include Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, as well as U.S. bases in Iraq, Bahrain and Qatar.
The existence of Iran’s mysterious ‘missile cities’ were only revealed to the world earlier this year.
According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Islamic Republic holds “the largest and most diverse missile arsenal in the Middle East”.
Experts at CSIS believe Iran has an inventory consisting of “thousands of ballistic and cruise missiles, some capable of striking as far as Israel and southeast Europe”.
Iran put its missiles into action earlier this year after Tehran struck a pair of US bases in Iraq in January in response to the assassination of one of its senior military commanders.
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Iran has so far resisted pressure from EU and US diplomats to reduce its missile power, claiming Tehran needs to be able to defend itself.
Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron criticised Tehran, suggesting its missile activity “hurt regional stability and affect European security”.
This week, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mocked the US election result.
He told a crowd in Iran: “What a spectacle! One says this is the most fraudulent election in US history. Who says that? The president who is currently in office.”
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