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Iranian Parliament Increases Funding For Missiles, IRGC In Reaction To US Sanctions

Iranian Parliament Increases Funding For Missiles, IRGC In Reaction To US Sanctions

"The Americans should know that this was our first action", said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, after announcing overwhelming support for a package "to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region". The parliament's majority voted for the bill, which was a response to the USA new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

On August 2, US President Donald Trump signed into law a bill by Congress that imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

The motion was passed during an open parliamentary session on Sunday morning.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said the government fully supports the new law passed by the parliament against the USA terrorist and adventurous measures in the region, describing it as a "wise" and "appropriate" move against Washington's enmities towards Iran.

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.

The bill will allocate $260m (£200m) to Iran's ballistic missile programme and the same amount to Quds Force, the special forces unit of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.




He praised the bill, saying it "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides".

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.

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

Iran denies violating the United Nations resolution which endorsed the Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal, preventing them from conducting activities related to ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons.

A string of close encounters between U.S. ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf in recent months has added to the tensions between the two countries.