Iran’s Revolutionary Guard opened the doors of a secret underground missile base to state TV, showing off medium- and long-range missiles, The Associated Press (AP) reported Wednesday.
The station aired footage of long tunnels with ready-to-fire missiles on the back of trucks, according to AP.
The broadcast said the facility is one of hundreds of underground missile bases around the country. It didn’t disclose the location but said it was 500 meters (1,600 feet) underground.
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace branch, boasted that the facility is the “tip of the iceberg” of the Guard’s military might, according to AP.
The broadcast appeared aimed at showing that the Guard will continue its missile program despite UN Security Council resolutions and despite Iran’s nuclear deal with the West.
The unveiling of the underground base comes days after it was reported that Iran had successfully test fired a new guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile, a move the United States later admitted was a violation of a UN resolution.
Iran continuously carries out long-range ballistic missile drills as it routinely shows off its military program.
Iran’s domestic long-range ballistic missiles are, in fact, nuclear capable, according to international reports, particularly the Shahab 3 and Sejjil 2.