Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Shahram says in a September 28, 2023, show on Channel 1 (Iran) that Iran has property rights in the South Pole and pledges to raise the Iranian flag there. He said that Iran has much military and scientific work to carry out there. In response to the interviewer’s question: "So we can declare that Admiral Irani promises that we will build a permanent base in the South Pole?" Irani responded affirmatively: "Inshallah, inshallah."
Interviewer: "Many of our people are wondering if the army will be able to raise the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the South Pole? As the Commander of strategic Navy forces, can you make this promise to our people? [Can you promise] that we will have a base there?"
Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Shahram Irani: "With regard to the South Pole, as you know… The beautiful beaches of Makran connect us to the South Pole, we have property rights there, and they belong to the public. Our plan is to raise the flag there, inshallah. It is not only military work but also scientific work that needs to be carried out."
Interviewer: "Yes, right."
Irani: "Our scientists are getting ready for a joint operation, encompassing the efforts of all our people, in keeping with the guidelines of our Leader, inshallah."
Interviewer: "So we can declare that Admiral Irani promises that we will build a permanent base in the South Pole?"
Irani: "Inshallah, inshallah."