Iran Parliament Passes Motion to Counter US Measures

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Iran's parliament has overwhelmingly voted to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in response to recent new American sanctions.

The Iranian parliament voted Sunday for allocating $520 million on the development of its own missile program in response to U.S. sanctions, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

A total of 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, out of the 244 parliamentarians present.

Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee spokesman Seyed Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, while defending the bill, said the bill does not include any measure that would undermine JCPOA in any way; "Iran will never be the first to kill the nuclear deal and take responsibility for its costs", he added.

As some lawmakers chanted "Death to America", Iran's parliament on August 13 granted its initial approval for increased funding of Teheran's missile program and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force.

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

"The bill has very wisely tried not to violate the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and also give no chance to the other party to manipulate it", Araqchi said.

The deal eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme and was endorsed by a United Nations resolution.

The move came after the US House of Representatives and then the Senate passed a sweeping package of bills on sanctions against Iran, Russia, and North Korea.

But last month he backed away from his pledge to withdraw from the agreement. "Iran boasts potential and actual options to confront hostile United States actions". The bill cites "hostile" US policies against Iran, and American "adventurism in the region aimed at creating divisions", Tasnim reported.

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