Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran Parliament Increase Missile Funds After US Sanctions

Iran Parliament Increase Missile Funds After US Sanctions

On Sunday, Iran's parliament supported the bill on additional $520 million for the ballistic missiles program and for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

A total of 247 Iranian lawmakers on Sunday overwhelmingly voted to approve a bill aimed at countering America's "adventurous and terrorist" activities in the region.

The measure came after President Donald Trump signed into law a bill passed by US Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile program in early August.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi was quoted by the government news agency IRNA as telling members of parliament that the bill "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the [nuclear deal] and provide excuses for opposing sides".

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

The measure also targets Americans assisting the violation of rights of Muslims and black people, those who support acts of repressive governments in the Middle East and those behind U.S. atrocities during its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iranian officials deem the anti-Iran sanctions over its ballistic missile program and alleged "support for terrorism" in violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the JCPOA.

The 27-article draft was endorsed after it was brought forward in the Parliament by the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in July.

The bill tasks Foreign, Intelligence, and Defense Ministries, Iran's Army, and its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and its Quds Force to produce a comprehensive strategy aimed at countering United States threats.

"The plan should be aimed at addressing the United States bullies and threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Washington's hegemonic, terrorist and divisive policies, its illegal military and security interferences in the region, and the USA military and intelligence support of terrorism and extremism".

The measure also assigns Foreign Ministry and several other state bodies with the task of preparing a comprehensive plan to counter USA threats against Iran within six months.

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