Iran Parliament ratifies motion to counter US' 'terrorist' acts

Kristopher Nichols
August 14, 2017

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. In response to this, Iran complained to the UN Security Council about the USA sanctions and accused Washington of breaching the nuclear deal.

The vote came after fresh United States sanctions in July against Iran, targeting Tehran's missile programme.

Of the members present, 240 parliamentarians out of 244 voted in favour of passing the bill.

Iranian MPs shouted "death to America" after Speaker Ali Larijani announced the result of the vote.

The budget bill allocates $260m for the continuing development of the missile programme and $260 million for the Quds Force, Irna news agency reported. US President Trump has warned North Korea, an ally of Iran, against firing the missiles and says he will protect Guam, home to 163,000 US citizens if that happens.

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He was referring to a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, known officially as the JCPOA, under which Iran agreed to strict limits on its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of 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 praised the bill, saying it "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides".

He went on to say that according to the law, the Iranian administration is obliged to monitor the U.S. government's anti-Iran measures and counteract them accordingly.

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.

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