Iran unveils underground missile base on Gulf coast, state media says

Iranian commanders walk past missiles at the base, in a photo released by Sepahnews, the website of the Revolutionary Guards.

(CNN)Iran has unveiled an underground base for "strategic missiles" on its Gulf coastline, according to state media.

Video broadcast by state media Friday showed the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, touring what appears to be a long underground tunnel lined with missiles and missile launchers.
Iran's ballistic missiles arsenal is one of the flashpoints in Tehran's long-running disputes with its Arab neighbors and the United States. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries have called for the curbing of Iran's ballistic weapons, but Iran's leaders have repeatedly said the arsenal is not up for negotiation.
When Tehran retaliated for the US's targeted killing of top general Qassem Soleimani in January 2020, it fired over a dozen ballistic missiles at US positions in Iraq.
Missiles on mobile truck launchers on display at the base.
"What you see today is one of several IRGC Naval strategic missile facilities," Salami said according to the MEHR news agency.
The base includes launching pads for long-range missiles that have a precision range of hundreds of kilometers, MEHR and IRNA said citing Salam.
The unveiling of the base comes at a time of growing tensions between Iran and the US.
On Monday, Tehran announced it had resumed enriching uranium to 20% purity, far beyond the limits laid out in the 2015 nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump walked away from in 2018.
US President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reinstate the deal after he takes office on January 20. His national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told CNN on Sunday that the incoming administration would also seek a "follow-on negotiation" over Iran's ballistic missile capabilities.
"Our view is that ballistic missiles, and Iran's ballistic missile program, has to be on the table as part of that follow-on negotiation," Sullivan said, adding the Biden administration would seek to bring some of Iran's regional partners to the table.