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Iran Says Missile Factory No. 3 Up and Running Underground

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Missile recently on display in Tehran. (Twitter screengrab)

By    |   Friday, 26 May 2017 09:54 AM

Iran announced completion of a third underground ballistic missile factory, days after the White House pushed newly-re-elected president Hassan Rouhani to get the country to give up its program.

An Iranian military official Thursday revealed that plant was finished "in recent years" and meant to boost the country's defenses, according to Sky News.

"Step by step, we are developing our defensive capability and I announce today that in recent years we have built a third underground factory for the manufacture of missiles," said Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Air Force.

"We are going to develop our ballistic power. It's normal that our enemies, that is to say the United States and Israel, are angry when we show off our underground missile bases because they want the Iranian people to be in a position of weakness," said Hajizadeh.

Reuters said news of the factory will likely bolster tensions between Iran and the United States where President Donald Trump had recently charged that the country sponsors militant groups and threatens the security of the Middle East.

The multi-country deal with Iran in 2015 in which the country agreed to scale back its nuclear program led to the lifting of many of its nuclear-related sanctions, said Reuters. Trump heavily criticized the deal last year while on the campaign trail as being too lenient.

Iran, which remains under a United Nations arms embargo and other restrictions, test-fired two ballistic missiles the country said were created to strike Israel, noted Reuters.

"Along with improving our defense capabilities, we will continue our missile tests and missile production. The next missile to be produced is a surface-to-surface missile," Hajizadeh said.

While the U.S. has charged that Iran's ballistic missile program violates an international law regarding missiles with the capability of carrying nuclear warheads, Iran claims it is not seeking nuclear weapons and the missiles are designed only to carry conventional warheads, said the Voice of America.

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