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Iran Showing Off Its Underground Missile Base Is Straight Out Of James Bond

The footage aired on Iranian state TV is meant to bolster the spirits of lawmakers after they approved a deal limiting the country's nuclear program.

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Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' aerospace division, said Iran would not start any war but "if enemies make a mistake, missile bases will erupt like a volcano from the depth of earth."

"Those who pin hope on options on the table, should only have a look at the Islamic Republic's army options under the table," he continued.

In theory, AP said, the video is meant to show skeptical lawmakers — who just this week approved a pact with world powers lifting sanctions in exchange for limits on its nuclear program — the fact that Iran is still more than capable of defending itself.


That was the point, too, of a long-range surface-to-air missile test Iran conducted over the weekend, which the United States on Wednesday said was in violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

But the video itself doesn't so much strike fear into the heart of the viewer as a sense of motion sickness, with more jump cuts and shaky camerawork than a freshman film student who has only seen Michael Bay films.

So even though it may not have had quite the impact Tehran wanted, do yourself a favor and listen to the epic score that accompanies the footage, which sounds like it was ripped straight from a fan-made movie trailer.

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Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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