Iran MPs boost missile funds in response to USA sanctions

Aug 14, 2017, 00:21
Iran MPs boost missile funds in response to USA sanctions

The vote came after the United States imposed fresh U.S. sanctions against Iran in July, targeting its missile programme.

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

The legislation would divide 20 trillion rials, or $609 million, between the missile program and the Quds Force, a special forces unit of the nation's Revolutionary Guards.

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday overwhelmingly voted to approve a bill aimed at countering the new USA sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"Iran will never pay the price of violating the JCPOA", spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hossein Naghavian said, adding that Washington "is after imposing the cost of killing the nuclear deal".

The measure would also allocate over $260 million each to Iran's ballistic missile program and the Quds Force - the external arm of the IRGC, which has sent military advisers to Iraq and Syria to fight terrorists.

Washington and European countries that negotiated the Iran nuclear deal have called the missile tests violations of the spirit of the 2015 accord, but not its letter.

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.

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.

The motion was designed in view of continued bellicose policies of the United States towards Iran, and its persisting measures aimed at endangering peace and security in the region, it said.

The bill also imposes sanctions against several USA entities which, Iran says, are involved in supporting terrorism in the Middle East.

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.

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