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.
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.
“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.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday that his country was not in a rush to rejoin the nuclear deal and argued that the sanctions against Tehran must be lifted regardless of whether the US rejoins the pact.
He also said he did not trust coronavirus vaccines produced by the Western countries, and called on officials to prohibit them from entering the country. “We must not import (Covid-19) vaccine from the US, the UK or even France. I do not trust them,” Khamenei said in a speech to the nation televised on state media.
The announcements around the missile base and uranium enrichment weren’t the only Iranian provocations this week — Tehran also seized a South Korean-flagged chemical tanker in the Persian Gulf on Monday.