Iran shows images of hidden missiles

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Tehran (dpa) – Iran for the first time has shown video footage of missiles hidden in underground tunnels, media reports said Thursday.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards had hundreds of bases like it across the country, air force head Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying.

According to reports, the missiles have a reach of between 1,700 and 2,000 kilometres.

Iran would never start a war, Hajizadeh said. However, should it be attacked, “those facilities could turn into a volcano” for the aggressors.

Iran last week tested a new medium-range missile to replace its Shahab-3 model.

The Emad (Assertiveness) surface-to-surface missile is said to be more precise than its predecessor.

Details on weapons tests cannot normally be verified as they take place without independent observers.

The West for a long time has been concerned Iran might use its Shahab-3 rockets to attack Israel. The missiles have a range of up to 2,000 kilometres.

These concerns have diminished since a nuclear deal was struck with six world powers in July.

The deal was approved by the parliament in Tehran on Tuesday despite opposition by hardliners and was ratified by Iran’s highest legislative body, the Council of Guardians, on Wednesday.

The historic accord, reached in Vienna on July 14 and known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

It eased years of tensions between Tehran and the international community suspicious that its nuclear programme is geared to produce a bomb – an allegation Iran denies.

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