Saudi Arabia’s position does not look so strong.Iran has enough missiles to wipe out Middle Eastern opponents.

Emad for it: Iran unveils underground ballistic rocket launch site

Emad (missile) © / Mohammad Agah, Tasnim News Agency
The Islamic Republic has publicly presented a second launch site of its first-ever guided ballistic missile, Emad. The UN Security Council last month concluded that Emad could carry a nuclear payload, and violates a 2010 resolution.

Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani was seen touring the new facility, operated by the elite Revolutionary Guards, in a state television report broadcast on Tuesday. The report, and local news agency bulletins that followed, did not give out the name or location of the depot, mentioning only that it was located “underground” and “in the mountains.”

A top Iranian official recently boasted that the Emad is capable of reaching targets of up to 2,000 km away, with “unerring accuracy,” and officials previously stated that it could be delivered from as many as 14 silos across the country.

Iran staged a surprise test launch of the first Emad rocket from a different underground location in October, prompting the UN Security Council to gather a panel to investigate whether it contravened existing resolutions.

Its report, produced last month, said the launch was in violation of Security Council resolution 1929, which bans Iran from launching a payload of over 500 kg over a distance in excess of 300 km, using a high-arc ballistic trajectory, all factors sufficient for the delivery of an effective nuclear strike. It was concluded the Emad easily outperformed those minimum requirements, as had other missiles tested in 2012 and 2013.

Resolution 1929 will, however, be superseded by the much-heralded UN-backed nuclear deal, concluded last July, between Tehran, and six leading world powers, which has not yet come into effect. That document calls upon Iran to“refrain” from launching ballistic missiles “designed” to carry nuclear weapons for at least 8 years.

Iran has argued that the Emad and other missiles are not specifically “designed” to deliver nuclear warheads, and are, in essence, conventional weapons, to which it is entitled like any other nation in the region. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other top-ranking officials have said that any additional sanctions as a result of the launch could scupper the landmark agreement, which is likely to come into force early this year, if Iran passes all inspections.

In December, President Hassan Rouhani wrote in an open letter that “the armed forces need to quickly and significantly increase their missile capability,” in response to the “hostile policies and illegal meddling” of the United States.

Last week, a senior official in the Revolutionary Guards claimed that Iran now has so many missiles, it has run out of storage space for them in its existing facilities.


4 Responses to “Saudi Arabia’s position does not look so strong.Iran has enough missiles to wipe out Middle Eastern opponents.”

  1. beLIEve says:


    I am pleased to hear Iran has more weapons than the ……khazar zionists…presenting themselves to the world as …..”saudi roy-yals”.

    On the subject of “saudi” finance……..
    I read somewhere that, whilst the costs of extracting “saudi” oil are minimal, possibly $10 per barrel, the “saudi”….BUDGET…..projects an expected profit per barrel of around $100.
    Saudi Arabia is consequently, in a financial fix with oil revenues considerably lower than expected/budgeted.

  2. Lynn says:

    Yes …this is why they have been bad mouthing Iran…The Saud’s are finished.

  3. salty says:

    Iran Air Force equipped with Nasr cruise missiles

    February 10, 2016.

    A large consignment of Nasr air launched cruise missiles have been delivered to Iran’s Air force

    A few years ago the phrase “all options” concerning Iran was being repeated endlessly. It’s not anymore and that’s not just because of the recently agreed nuclear accord.

    Part of the reason is that over the past decade Iran has steadily developed its home-grown defence technology. To the point where it is now able to meet almost all its own defence requirements so that any potential aggressor would face a well armed opponent equipped with sophisticated weapons.

    There is absolutely no comparison between Iran’s defence standing today and Saddam’s Iraq or that of Afghanistan in 2001. Even the most strident hawks now recognise that. Iran’s radar systems, its air defences and its cruise and ballistic missiles would pose serious problems for any possible adversary, including the U.S. and Israel.

    Moreover, the last thing the U.S. wants now as it considers undermining Putin’s Russia is a direct military confrontation with a lesser power, like Iran. After Iraq and Afghanistan U.S. voters are in no mood for another overseas military adventure and public opinion alone could force Washington into a humiliating climb-down. Weapons like the Nasr and the recently delivered S-300 have probably caused U.S. military planners to think again about using “all options”.

  4. salty says:

    Within the rules: Iran will defend Syria’s airspace if Damascus requests

    Sun, 14 Feb 2016.

    Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, made the remarks during an interview with the Tasnim news agency on Sunday.

    After praising the government and people of the Arab country for their five-year battle against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorism, he stressed that any military presence in Syria without the approval of Damascus would end in nothing but “defeat.”

    The remarks were made in the wake of reports that Turkey and Saudi Arabia were preparing to launch joint military operations on Syrian soil.

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