Iran's Parliament Increases Spending On Missile Program

Iran's Parliament Increases Spending On Missile Program

The bill would allocate about $260 million each to Iran's ballistic-missile program and the Quds Force, the external branch of the IRGC that is said to be active in Syria and Iraq.

The vote came in reaction to legislation passed by the US Congress and signed by US President Donald Trump in early August to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile programme. US President Trump has warned North Korea, an ally of Iran, against firing the missiles and says he will protect Guam, home to 163,000 US citizens if that happens.

Of the members present, 240 parliamentarians out of 244 voted in favour of passing the bill.

The Iranian parliament has approved a bill to counter "terrorist and adventurous actions" of the USA in the region.

It will also require Iran's government and armed forces to draw up a plan to counter U.S. violations of human rights around the world and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by sanctions.

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

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A second vote will now take place on the bill before it is submitted to a clerical body for final approval.

The parliament has approved 16 measures that Tehran will take to counteract Washington's hostile acts against the Islamic Republic, Larijani said, according to Tasnim.

Washington's new sanctions violate a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran both "in letter and spirit".

Sanctions against Iran is mainly in response to Tehran's growing missile programme.

The nuclear deal, between Iran and six world powers including China, Russia and the United Kingdom, is largely seen as the best way to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

But last month he backed away from his pledge to withdraw from the agreement.

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