Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 5
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian parliament's speaker, Ali Larijani visited an IRGC (Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) underground missile base Jan. 5.
Iran's Tasnim news agency reported Jan. 5 that during Larijani's visit the IRGC's Emad missiles were exhibited as well.
In October last year, Iran test fired its latest long-range missile dubbed Emad, which triggered a negative reaction from the West.
Following the test-fire, several Western sources claimed that Tehran violated the UN Security Council's resolution 1929 by test-firing the Emad missile, which is believed to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
The resolution prohibits Iran from developing missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads, but, Iran argues that Emad is a quite conventional weapon.
The IRGC claimed that it constructed many underground missile bases in Iranian cities, which are capable of launching various types of missiles.
For the first time, Iran released footage of an underground missile base in October last year.
The base was located 500 meters below ground surface, according to media reports.
"Iranian missiles of varying ranges are ready to be launched from underground bases once Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei orders to do so," the IRGC commander, Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying Oct. 14.