Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled an underground missile base at an undisclosed Arabian Gulf location on Friday, Iranian state media reported, at a time of heightened tension between Tehran and the US.
“The base is one of several bases housing the Guards’ Navy’s strategic missiles,” the state media quoted the head of the Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, as saying.
Last year, the Guards said Iran had built underground “missile cities” along the Gulf coastline, warning of a “nightmare for Iran’s enemies.”
“These missiles have ranges of hundreds of kilometers, enjoy pinpoint accuracy and huge destructive power, and can overcome the enemy’s electronic warfare equipment,” Salami said.
He said the base was “one of several bases housing the Navy’s strategic missiles.”
Iran’s Revolutionary guard unveil an underground missile base somewhere on the Persian gulf along with US & Israeli flags painted on the floor for all to walk on. IRGC say have many of these underground ‘missile cities’ dotted around the country. pic.twitter.com/93CytBPDRj— Ali Arouzi (@aliarouzi) January 8, 2021
There have been periodic confrontations in the Gulf in recent years between the Guards and the US military, which has accused the Guards’ navy of sending fast attack boats to harass US warships as they pass the Strait of Hormuz.
Tensions have been high between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when President Donald Trump exited the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers which limits the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and reimposed sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.