Iran reveals the missile, shows the underground factory


DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran's revolutionary guards inaugurated a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 km (621 miles), the semi-official Fars agency reported on Thursday, ignoring Western demands that Tehran stops his missile program.

Fars published photos of an underground missile factory called the "underground city", saying that the "Dezful" missile was a version of the Zolfaghar missile that has a range of 700 km and a 450 kg (992 lbs) warhead.

Iran claims to have missiles with up to 2,000 km of autonomy, which puts Israel and the US military bases in the region close at hand.

The EU has intensified its criticism of the Iranian ballistic missile program, while the block remains committed to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the main powers.

A U.N. resolution of 2015 which ratifies the nuclear agreement "invited" Iran to refrain up to eight years from the work on ballistic missiles designed to supply nuclear weapons. Some states argue that language does not make it mandatory.

President Donald Trump withdrew the nuclear deal last year and re-imposed sanctions against Iran. The EU has been trying to save the nuclear deal.

Reporting by Parisa Hafezi, Editing by William Maclean

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