Iran Majlis passes motion in response to U.S. sanctions

by Leon Thompson August 14, 2017, 0:10
Iran Majlis passes motion in response to U.S. sanctions

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 USA sanctions imposed last month over Tehran's testing of new missile technology.

The Iranian parliament voted Sunday for allocating $520 million on the development of its own missile program in response to USA sanctions, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

The legislative move by Iran follows the U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a sanctions bill on Russia, Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on August 2.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have grown since President Trump took office.

The measure was voted for by 240 out of 244 MPs present.

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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.

An additional 20 trillion rials ($609 million) will be evenly divided between the missile program, to improve the nation's "deterrent capability", and Guards' Qods force, which is active throughout the region, according to the bill published by the Tasnim news agency.

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. "Iran boasts potential and actual options to confront hostile U.S. actions".

A number of recent close encounters between United States ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf have added to the tensions between the two countries.

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


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