Iran has built new ballistic missile launch positions, satellite images show

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Iran’s Khorgo underground ballistic missile site is almost operational after the construction of new launch positions, satellite images obtained by Fox News show.

Images taken by Maxar Technologies reveal four holes dug in the side of a mountain. Three of the wells are vertical launch positions reinforced in their final construction phase, according to a separate analysis by civilian intelligence group Intel Lab.

“Considering the geographical location as well as the existing topography, once this complex has reached its full operational capacity, it will not be easy to neutralize it by conventional means,” said Itay Bar-Lev, chief analyst from the Intel lab.

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Construction of the ballistic missile site, located in southwest Iran, began three years ago, but it is only in recent months that the Iranians have stepped up work on the launch positions that can rapidly deploy two ballistic missiles each.

Iranian Khorgo underground ballistic missile site.

Iranian Khorgo underground ballistic missile site.
(Satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies)

The Iranian site is about 800 kilometers from Kuwait, a country that is home to more than 13,000 US troops, and less than 200 kilometers from the United Arab Emirates, a key partner of the United States.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on Monday inaugurated a new underground missile facility, although Islamic Republic officials did not disclose the location. A video from the site was shown on Iranian national television and showed dozens of missiles ready for use.

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“This is a small part of the Revolutionary Guard naval forces’ missile capacity,” IRGC commander General Hossein Salami said.

As Iran expands its military capabilities, members of Congress are calling on President Biden to include the issue of ballistic missiles in any upcoming diplomatic effort regarding the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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Last week, a bipartisan group of 140 representatives sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging the Biden administration to tackle the issue.

“Diplomacy with Iran must not only limit the production of nuclear material, but also ensure that Iran cannot develop a nuclear-capable ballistic missile,” the lawmakers wrote.

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