Russian Official Says Iranian Parliament Bill 'Logical' Response to US

Aug 14, 2017, 00:09
Russian Official Says Iranian Parliament Bill 'Logical' Response to US

Iran's parliament today approved more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile programme and foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards in response to USA sanctions. The vote came after the United States imposed fresh U.S. sanctions against Iran in July, targeting its missile programme.

"The Americans should know that this was our first action", Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said after stating that the majority voted for a package "to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region", as quoted by AFP.

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday overwhelmingly voted to approve a bill aimed at countering the new United States sanctions against the Islamic Republic. 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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The Iranian measure "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides", Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.

He added that the bill will be supported by the government of President Hassan Rouhani, as it is required to pass a second reading before being submitted to the Guardian Council for final approval.

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.

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Mr Trump has recently backed away from his key campaign promise to withdraw from the nuclear agreement.

To counter U.S. 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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