Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Iran's parliament ratifies motion to counter U.S. "terrorist" acts in region

Iran's parliament ratifies motion to counter U.S.

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

In response the country's parliament has now given initial approval to a bill to increase spending on their missile programme.

This legislation was described as an effort to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions in the region" and heralded as a justified response to new sanctions adopted by the United States earlier this summer.

The bill would allocate about $260 million each to Iran's ballistic-missile program and the Quds Force, the external branch of the IRGC that is said to be active in Syria and Iraq.

"The Americans should know that this was our first action", speaker Ali Larijani said after announcing the voting results - according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The legislative move by Iran follows US President Donald Trump's signing of a sanctions bill on Russia, Iran and North Korea on August 2.

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

Abbas Araghchi, a deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator on hand for the vote, said a moderate President Hassan Rouhani's government would support the bill.

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

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

A number of recent close encounters between United States ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf have added to the tensions between the two countries.

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