Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Iran's parliament votes to increase missile funds following USA sanctions

Iran's parliament votes to increase missile funds following USA sanctions

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the parliament's vote to approve the motion was just the first step, adding that if Washington proceeds with its anti-Tehran policies, the law will take effect.

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

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

After Larijani announced the vote results, lawmakers shouted: "Death to America".

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

Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi told members of parliament that the government supported the new bill.

Trump repeatedly threatened to tear up what he once called "the worst deal ever", but last month he backed away from a key campaign promise to withdraw from the nuclear agreement.

Iran denies its missile programme violates a United Nations resolution which endorsed Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and calls upon the Islamic Republic not to conduct activities related to ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons.

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.

To counter U.S. economic sanctions, the government has been ordered to provide a comprehensive plan on expanding economic cooperation with world countries, especially Iran's neighbors and friends as well as the countries which have likewise been subject to Washington's embargoes.

He went on to say that according to the law, the Iranian administration is obliged to monitor the USA government's anti-Iran measures and counteract them accordingly.

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