[–] Rorikon (12194) 6 hours ago
They mentioned Iranian Nuclear Silo twice. When Maverick first meets Vice Admiral 'Cyclone' and just before the mission start in the aircraft carrier below deck. Another indicator it was Iran was the F-14's. No other nation uses them except Iran. I knew it right away there once I saw the F-14's as the enemy.
I've seen several people mention the F-14 as evidence that this is Iran. However, a lot of other have also mentioned the snow covered mountains at sea level, which means it cannot be Iran.
One thing I have not seen from anyone, nor do I remember from the movie myself, is the actual verbal reference to Iran that you cite. They mentioned an Iranian nuclear silo? I only recall them discussing the target itself, the uranium enrichment plant.