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Iran boosts budget for missiles, Revolutionary Guards

14 August 2017, 01:15 | Kara Nash

Iran Allocates $520Mln for Missile Program in Response to New US Sanctions - AFP

US president Donald Trump has been increasing pressure on Iran over compliance with the UN-endorsed deal to lift nuclear sanctions on Tehran. Nicholas Kamm  AFP

The bill secured 240 yes votes and one abstention, Iran's IRNA reported.

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.

The motion was passed during an open parliamentary session on Sunday morning.

Iran's parliament voted on August 13 to allocate $520 million to develop its missile programme to fight Washington's "adventurism" and sanctions, and to boost the foreign operations of the country's Revolutionary Guards.

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

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.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi also voiced approval of Rouhani's administration for the bill.

Washington and European countries that negotiated the Iran nuclear deal have called the missile tests violations of the spirit of the 2015 accord, but not its letter.

The legislation is a reaction to a bill ratified recently in the US Senate allowing Washington to impose non-nuclear sanctions against Iran's missile program and its Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) force.

But last month he backed away from his pledge to withdraw from the agreement.

The nuclear deal, between Iran and six world powers including China, Russia and the United Kingdom, is largely seen as the best way to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon.



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