Russian long-range surface-to-air S-300 missiles were sold to Iran. (Luchezar Stoilov/Flickr)
Iran has deployed Russian-made S-300 long-range missiles in its Fordow nuclear facility, Tehran Times
and other Iranian state-run media reported Sunday. State TV showed the
missiles and other counter-strike weapons being transported to Fordow.
The Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) is a uranium enrichment
facility located 20 miles northeast of the city of Qom. The site is the
second Iranian uranium enrichment facility, the other one is in Natanz.
In January 2012 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced
that Iran had started producing uranium enriched up to 20%.
Earlier on Sunday, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
in a speech at the Khatam Al-Anbia Air Defense Base, said that
“malicious, treacherous, and systematically opposing our independence”
are trying to weaken Iran’s defensive capabilities, and so, in response
to this threat, “air defense should be in the frontline against this
Khamenei stated: “Human will along with indigenous capability should
provide a means to thwart the enemies’ plots and they should not let
enemies even entertain any encroachments of our borders and
sovereignty.” He condemned the “media hype” that followed Russia’s
delivery of the S300 missile systems, which he insisted are merely a
defensive weapon. He rebuked the US, whose “propaganda about Fordow
underground facilities … revealed the very nature of an enemy who would
not recognize the right to defend our people. They would only be
satisfied when we are rendered defenseless and an easy prey to their
invasion,” the Ayatollah stressed.
“The Air Defense base should be armed with diverse technological
innovations and techniques; the enemy should understand that if it
strikes, it will definitely be stricken by a yet stronger blow, with
active defense turning to active assault as well,” Khamenei concluded.
A spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced, also on Sunday, plans to build two more nuclear power plants
in Bushehr, a city in southern Iran which already has an operational
nuclear power plant, built by the Russians and completed in April 2016.
The spokesman said: “We try to start construction of the next nuclear
power plant in Bushehr within the next one and a half months.”