Iran builds THIRD underground ballistic missile factory as tensions with US peak

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A senior military commander also confirmed the state will continue developing its missile programme [GETTY]

 

IRAN has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile programme, the government said.

The shocking report came from the semi-official Fars news agency who quoted a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard.

Fars quoted Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guard’s airspace division, as saying: ”Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years… We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully.”

Since taking office in January, Mr Trump has imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to its recent missile launches, putting Tehran “on notice”.

Iran has reacted defiantly. Newly re-elected pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday: “Iran does not need the permission of the United States to conduct missile tests”.

Iran’s Sunni Muslim Gulf neighbours and its arch-enemy Israel have expressed concerns over Tehran’s ballistic missile programme, seeing it as a threat to regional security.

In 2015, Iranian state TV aired footage of underground tunnels with ready-to-fire missiles on the back of trucks, saying the facility was one of hundreds of underground missile bases around the country.

Full article: Iran builds THIRD underground ballistic missile factory as tensions with US peak (Express)

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