TEHRAN – Iran has built its third underground ballistic missile production factory, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards airspace division said, adding that the Islamic Republic will continue to “forcefully” develop its missile capabilities.
“Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years. We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully,” Amirali Hajizadeh said, as quoted by Fars News Agency.
He went on to state that “the next missile to be produced is a surface-to-surface missile.”
Hajizadeh also said that “it is natural that our enemies America and the Zionist regime (Israel) are angry with our missile program because they want Iran to be in a weak position.”
US President Donald Trump has taken a hardline stance against Iran since taking office in January. During a trip to the Middle East earlier this week, he blamed it for being the main source of instability in the region.
In response, Tehran accused Trump of “repetitive and baseless claims,” saying he was trying to spread “Iranophobia.”
Trump put Iran “on notice” in February, stating on Twitter that he wouldn’t be as “kind” to the Islamic Republic as his predecessor Barack Obama was.
Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
Trump imposed new sanctions against the country in response to its recent missile launches, prompting Iran to sanction nine American individuals and companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperation with Israel.
The US leader also referred to the 2015 landmark nuclear deal made between Tehran and six world powers, including the US, as “disastrous” and the “worst deal ever negotiated,” threatening to dismantle the agreement.