Tehran(August 13, 2017): Iran’s parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile programme and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States.
The measure came in retaliation to legislation passed by U.S Congress and signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in early August to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile programme.
Iran denies its missile programme violates a U.N. resolution which endorsed Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and calls upon the Islamic Republic not to conduct activities related to ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons. .
The Iranian 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.
The measure would also allocate over $260 million each to Iran’s ballistic missile programme and the Quds Force – the external arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has been deployed to battlefields in Iraq and Syria.
The bill must now pass a second vote before being submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law.