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February 7, 2019 3:23 pm

Iran Reveals Missile, Shows Off Underground Factory

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The launch of an Iranian Emad intermediate-range ballistic missile. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, ignoring demands Western demands that Tehran halt its missile program.

Fars published pictures of an underground missile factory called “underground city,” saying the “Dezful” missile was a version of the Zolfaghar missile that has a 700-kilometer (435-mile) range and a 450-kilogram (992-pound) warhead.

Iran says it has missiles with the range of up to 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) which puts Israel and US military bases in the region within reach.

The EU has stepped up criticism of Iran’s ballistic missiles program, while the block remains committed to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.

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A 2015 UN resolution that enshrines the nuclear deal “called upon” Iran to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons. Some states argue that the language does not make it obligatory.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions on Iran. The EU has been trying to save the nuclear accord.

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