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

Iran Allocates $520Mln for Missile Program in Response to New US Sanctions - AFP

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the parliament's vote to approve the motion was just the first step, adding that if Washington proceeds with its anti-Tehran policies, the law will take effect. There were no details of how much spending would be increased.

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday overwhelmingly voted to approve a bill aimed at countering the new United States sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

In response to the launch, President Trump signed a bill outlining new sanctions against several Iranian groups, freezing funds and outlawing USA citizens from doing businesses with the targets. A session in which members of parliament chanted "Death to America".

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 bill has very wisely tried not to violate the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and also give no chance to the other party to manipulate it", Araqchi said.

The plan would require Iran's government and armed forces to draw up a strategy to counter USA violations of human rights around the world, and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by United States sanctions.

Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Mr Trump that he risks political suicide if he scrapped the nuclear deal with Tehran.

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.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said the new bill was not in violation of the 2015 agreement limiting the country's nuclear programme.

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

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