Iran Parliament ratifies motion to counter US' 'terrorist' acts

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Iran's parliament voted Sunday to allocate 520 million USA dollars to develop missile program to fight the US "adventurism" and sanctions, state news agency IRNA reported.

Iran's parliament on Sunday approved an increased budget for the country's ballistic missile programme and the regional operations of its Revolutionary Guard, in defiance of U.S. sanctions imposed last month over Tehran's testing of new missile technology.

After the result was announced, lawmakers shouted: "Death to America".

The budget bill allocates $260m for the continuing development of the missile programme and $260 million for the Quds Force, Irna news agency reported.

Iranian lawmakers unanimously passed the general outlines of the bill in a 240-0 vote with one abstention.

The Quds Force leads Iran's military role in Syria and Iraq.

Iran's parliament approved the first step of a bill to boost Tehran's missile program spending, on Sunday.

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Iran maintains that the missiles that it tests don't violate its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers because they are for defensive purposes.

He reminded members of parliament that the government backed the bill, which he said "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides", reported.

He described the legislation as wise and said that government of President Rouhani will support it.

The United States has had no diplomatic ties with the Iran since 1980, and Trump has halted the direct contacts initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Araghchi, also in defense, said the countermeasure bill is "much stronger" than US Congress bill against Iran, since it also extends support to the Islamic Republic's armed forces and all related ministries.

Under the law, the foreign ministry is tasked to create and publish a blacklist of people to be put under sanctions - in cooperation with the Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations wing, Central Bank, and ministry of intelligence.

Other reports by GizPress

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