Iran de­ploys long-range mis­siles to nu­clear site

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TEHRAN has de­ployed a re­cently de­liv­ered Russian-made long-range mis­sile sys­tem to cen­tral Iran to pro­tect its Fordo nu­clear fa­cil­ity.

Pro­tect­ing nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties is para­mount “in all cir­cum­stances”, Gen­eral Farzad Es­maili, the com­man­der of Iran’s air de­fences, told the IRIB TV chan­nel.

“To­day, Iran’s sky is one of the most se­cure in the re­gion,” he added.

A video showed an S-300 car­rier truck in Fordo, rais­ing its mis­sile launch­ers to­ward the sky, next to other counter-strike weaponry.

The images were aired hours af­ter Supreme Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei gave a speech to air force com­man­ders, in­clud­ing Gen Es­maili, in which he stressed that Ira­nian mil­i­tary power was for de­fen­sive pur­poses only.

“Con­tin­ued op­po­si­tion and hype on the S-300 or the Fordo site are ex­am­ples of the vi­cious­ness of the en­emy,” Mr Khamenei said.

“The S-300 sys­tem is a de­fence sys­tem, not an as­sault one, but the Amer­i­cans did their best for Iran not to get hold of it.”

The Fordo site, built into a moun­tain near the city of Qom has stopped enriching ura­nium since the Jan­uary im­ple­men­ta­tion of a nu­clear deal with world pow­ers.

Un­der the ac­cord, Iran dis­man­tled most of its es­ti­mated 19,000 cen­trifuges – gi­ant spin­ning ma­chines that en­rich ura­nium, keep­ing only 5000 ac­tive for re­search pur­poses.

Iran and the United States, Bri­tain, China, France, Ger­many and Rus­sia ne­go­ti­ated for more than two years be­fore sign­ing a his­toric July 2015 agree­ment that re­moved some in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions in re­turn for curbs on Tehran’s con­tro­ver­sial atomic pro­gram. –

Photo: AFP

Iran’s Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani (third right) and Ira­nian De­fence Min­is­ter Hos­sein De­hghan (sec­ond left) stand next to the new Bavar 373 mis­sile de­fence sys­tem in Tehran, in a hand­out pic­ture pro­vided by Mr Rouhani’s of­fice on Au­gust 21.

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