Iran parliament ratifies legislation to counter USA anti-Iran moves
13 August, 2017, 14:10 | Author: Valerie Burke
This morning Iranian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to boost spending on Tehran's missile program and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' defense mechanism.
The measure came in retaliation to legislation passed by US Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in early August to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile programme.
Chants of "Death to America" broke out as the bill was passed, according to the country's state broadcaster IRIB.
The US$520 million (Dh1.91bn) budget for the defence ministry and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' powerful Quds Force, which carries out operations to support the regime in Syria and militias in Iraq and elsewhere, was backed by 240 of the 247 members present in parliament, Iranian media reported. The parliament's majority voted for the bill, which was a response to the USA new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The bill is "very smart particularly because it doesn't violate the nuclear deal and doesn't allow the other side to make excuses", he added.
It will also require Iran's government and armed forces to draw up a plan to counter United States violations of human rights around the world and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by sanctions.
"I believe this law is an appropriate and wise response to the U.S. hostilities (against Iran)", he noted following the bill's approval.
During his campaign he threatened to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which he has called "the worst deal ever".
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.
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 number of recent close encounters between USA ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf have added to the tensions between the two countries.
The USS John S McCain destroyer cnducted a fereedom of navigation patrol in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Thursday. Trump has pushed China to use its influence to compel North Korea to stop its missile tests and nuclear weapons development.
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