Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m — BBCI

14 August, 2017, 00:11 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Iranian and foreign leaders attend the swearing-in ceremony of Iran's President Hasan Rouhani for his second term in office in Tehran on Aug. 5 2017

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.

The US$520 million (Dh1.91bn) budget for the defence ministry and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' powerful Quds Force, which carries out operations to support the regime in Syria and militias in Iraq and elsewhere, was backed by 240 of the 247 members present in parliament, Iranian media reported.

"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.

Tehran says the measures violate a 2015 deal with world powers that eased sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

The plan 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 U.S. sanctions.

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Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said the government fully supports the new law passed by the parliament against the United States terrorist and adventurous measures in the region, describing it as a "wise" and "appropriate" move against Washington's enmities towards Iran.

The bill is "very smart particularly because it doesn't violate the nuclear deal and doesn't allow the other side to make excuses", he added. In response to this, Iran complained to the UN Security Council about the USA sanctions and accused Washington of breaching the nuclear deal.

Iran denies developing ballistic missiles created to carry nuclear weapons in violation of the agreement and has accused the USA of breaking its word by imposing fresh sanctions.

The motion was designed in view of continued bellicose policies of the United States towards Iran, and its persisting measures aimed at endangering peace and security in the region, it said.

The bill must now pass a second vote before being submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law.

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