Iran's Parliament Increases Spending On Missile Program

Hope Soto
August 14, 2017

Iran's parliament on Sunday approved an increased budget for the country's ballistic missile programme and the regional operations of its Revolutionary Guard, in defiance of United States sanctions imposed last month over Tehran's testing of new missile technology. The vote came after the United States imposed fresh USA sanctions against Iran in July, targeting its missile programme.

"The Americans should know that this was our first action", speaker Ali Larijani said after announcing the voting results - according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The vote came in reaction to legislation passed by the US Congress and signed by US President Donald Trump in early August to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile programme. A total of 240 parliamentarians out of 244 present voted for the bill. The vote comes amid growing tensions with the U.S. over the Iranian nuclear deal, which President Trump has said he would like to see cancelled.

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Representing the government, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi, who served as a senior negotiator in the nuclear talks with the P5+1 powers, described the legislation as "wise", adding that the government of President Hassan Rouhani will support it.

It will also require Iran's government and armed forces to draw up a plan to counter U.S. violations of human rights around the world and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by sanctions. 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.

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. Tehran says its missile program does not breach a United Nations resolution which endorsed the nuclear deal.

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