Iran's parliament votes to increase missile funds following U.S. sanctions

13 August, 2017, 13:29 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a campaign rally for May 19 presidential election in Tehran Iran. Iranians head to the polls Friday to vote in the Islamic Republic's presidential election

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi also voiced approval of Rouhani's administration for the bill.

The legislative move by Iran follows US President Donald Trump's signing of a sanctions bill on Russia, Iran and North Korea on August 2.

The Iranian Parliament on Sunday ratified a motion on countering "US adventurous and terrorist measures in the region".

Iran's lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a motion in response to recent United States sanctions, voting to boost spending on Tehran's missile program and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Tehran says the measures violate a 2015 deal with world powers that eased sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

"The bill has very wisely tried not to violate the JCPOA and also give no chance to the other party to manipulate it, " Araqchi said.

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"Iran recognises the entire American military and intelligence forces as terrorist groups" for their "implicit and explicit support for terrorist groups" in the region, their role in creating the Islamic State group, and "the support for violators of fundamental humans rights especially the dictator and violent regimes", the bill's text said.

The motion was designed in view of continued bellicose policies of the USA towards Iran, and its persisting measures aimed at endangering peace and security in the region, it said.

The bill mandates the government to allocate an additional US$260 million for the "development of the missile programme" and the same amount to the Revolutionary Guards's foreign operations wing, the Quds Force, state news agency IRNA said.

They are obliged to, within a period of six months following the ratification of the bill, devise a comprehensive strategic plan to counter the USA threats.

It has also imposed sanctions against a series of organizations, entities and individuals, including the U.S. military and security officials who have had a role in providing military, financial and intelligence support for terrorist and extremist groups in the region.

A parliamentary committee is also tasked with monitoring U.S. government and congressional moves and and proposing appropriate reciprocal measures to the Parliament.

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