Iran claims it continues to build its “defense” capabilities as it announces third underground ballistic missile factory
Iran announced ahead of the weekend that it has finished building its third underground ballistic missile factory.
Head of Iran’s Guard’s airspace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, confirmed the report on Thursday stating “Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years…We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully.”
He added that the next missile to be produced would be a “surface-to-surface missile,” as Iran continues to develop its “defense”, adding that “our enemies America and the Zionist regime [Israel] are angry with our missile program because they want Iran to be in a weak position.”
In March of this year, Iran launched two ballistic missiles according to reports released from United States officials, violating yet again the United Nations Security Council ban, as well as the nuclear deal.
Iran then tested two Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missiles from a Revolutionary Guard base in southeastern Iran, its targets in the Gulf of Oman. According to reports from US intelligence officials, the first test was unsuccessful, the second successful, hitting a floating barge on the Gulf.
Iran is prohibited from testing ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, as well as under the nuclear deal made between world powers and the United States.
At the end of January, Iran conducted a ballistic missile test, the Trump Administration confirming Iran had tested medium-range ballistic missile east of Tehran in the region of Semnan. The test was of a Khorramshahr ballistic missile, reports claiming the test failed after reaching 600 miles and exploding.
Just a few days later, German media reported that Iran tested a Sumar cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.