Iran unveils new underground ballistic missile silo

An Iranian Emad missile. Credit: Mohammad Agah via Wikimedia Commons.

( Iran has unveiled a new underground ballistic missile silo that will house a missile that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. 

“Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani made a visit to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ new underground missile town today during which he vowed the legislature would allocate a much bigger budget to the country’s missile program,” the state-run Fars News Agency reported. 

In October, Iran test fired its Emad ballistic missile in defiance of international sanctions against its ballistic missile program. A United Nations Security Council panel in December said that the test violated a Security Council resolution. 

The Emad missile is an intermediate-range ballistic missile that has a claimed a range of up to 1,000 miles and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, according to U.S. officials.

Despite the violation, the Obama administration has held off on new sanctions, with the international community preparing to lift sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear agreement reached last summer. 

Posted on January 5, 2016 .