Iran's parliament votes to increase spending on missile program


The countermeasures, which were approved by 240 Iranian lawmakers on Sunday, would see more money allocated to Iran's missile program as well as to the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards' extraterritorial operations branch, among other measures.

"The Americans should know that this was our first action to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region", parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said after the vote. The vote comes amid growing tensions with the United States over the Iranian nuclear deal, which President Trump has said he would like to see cancelled. After the result was announced, lawmakers shouted: "Death to America".

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

Abbas Araghchi, a deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator on hand for the vote, said a moderate President Hassan Rouhani's government would support the bill.

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Washington's new sanctions violate a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran both "in letter and spirit".

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.

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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.

It also took into account America's enmity towards the Iranian government and people and their interests through supporting terrorism and violent extremism, as well as taking adventurous actions, creating divisions, and stoking sectarianism.

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Citing recent USA sanctions and "adventurism", Tehran plans to bolster its ballistic missile system as tensions rise. A string of close encounters between USA ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf in recent months has added to the tensions between the two countries.