Iran defies United States with increased budget for missile programme

14 Августа, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Iran Allocates $520Mln for Missile Program in Response to New US Sanctions - AFP

Iran's lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a motion in response to recent U.S. sanctions, voting to boost spending on Tehran's missile program and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). 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.

"The Americans should know that this was our first action", said speaker Ali Larijani after announcing the overwhelming majority vote for the package on Sunday.

The bill cites "hostile" USA policies against Iran, and American "adventurism in the region aimed at creating divisions", Tasnim reported.

State-run IRNA news agency reported that 247 lawmakers attended the vote session, with 240 approving the spending plan and one lawmaker abstaining.

The legislators stressed that the bill does not violate the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers, but accused Washington of attempts to "kill" the landmark agreement.

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The bill will next head to a second vote before being submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law.

"Iran will never pay the price of violating the JCPOA", spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hossein Naghavian said, adding that Washington "is after imposing the cost of killing the nuclear deal".

The additional USA sanctions put in place last month directly target the missile programme and the IRGC.

Iranian officials have said the country's missile programme was for deterrent purposes.

To counter United States economic sanctions, the government has been ordered to provide a comprehensive plan on expanding economic cooperation with world countries, especially Iran's neighbors and friends as well as the countries which have likewise been subject to Washington's embargoes.

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