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

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran's parliament has overwhelmingly voted to increase spending on Tehran's ballistic missile programme and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States.

The Iranian parliament has approved a bill to counter "terrorist and adventurous actions" of the U.S. in the region.

On August 2, US President Donald Trump signed into law a bill by Congress that imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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. The 27-article draft was endorsed after it was brought forward in Parliament by the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in July.

In a session on Sunday, a total of 240 politicians out of 244 present voted to allocate $520m to develop the country's missile programme and boost foreign operations of the paramilitary troops, with only one abstention.

He praised the bill, saying it "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides".

He went on to say that according to the law, the Iranian administration is obliged to monitor the U.S. government's anti-Iran measures and counteract them accordingly. However, Israel believes Iran's weapons are an existential threat.

It considers the entirety of the USA military forces and intelligence operatives in the region to be supporters of regional terrorist groups, and subject to punitive measures.

The government must also use all available global capacities, including the United Nations Human Rights Council, to take action against the USA over its human rights violations, "like its crimes against humanity in Yemen".

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