Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force, told the state-run Documentary TV: “We have been digging tunnels since 1984 when we first began making missiles.”

Hajizadeh played a vital role in Iran’s missile and drone on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on September 14, being present in the July 31 session of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) – although not a member – when the decision to attack Saudi oilfields was made. He was then instructed to begin the implementation of the plan after it was approved by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

The NCRI recently revealed over ten locations in Iran for the construction and stockpiling of missiles with ranges of up to 2000 km, satellite images of which were made available to the public.

Hajizadeh said: “We have to protect our arsenal in an adequate way. The idea goes back to 1984, just when we began thinking of missiles. Before the first such material was imported into the country, we had already begun digging the tunnels to hide them. Nowadays they call them missile-cities, deep beneath mountains, very sophisticated tunnels are dug deep into the ground to stockpile ammunition, and hide missile launching bases and other instruments and also the personnel under war conditions. Our enemies are worried because such locations are out of their reach.”

He then began to speak about the regime’s nuclear project, boasting that the so-called missile-cities are much more of a threat that the underground nuclear facilities of Fordo that the signatories of the nuclear deal were so “sensitive” about.

Hajizadeh said: “The enemy can never harm those places and this is what makes our force in dissuasion.”

However, he didn’t point to the NCRI’s revealed information on the “missile-cities” or the link with the missile attack on Saudi facilities, which used cruise missiles built in the Parchin facilities based on North Korean designs.

Hajizadeh is also on the public record about having been instructed by Khamenei in 2009 to increase precision in missile models, in order to make sure that the missiles could hit within ten meters of the designated target from thousands of kilometers away.

Hajizadeh said: “I thought 30 meters would be great. But he was asking for less error, so we took the charge.”