Iran MPs pass bill in response to US sanctions

Iran MPs pass bill in response to US sanctions
ID : N-78 Date : 2017/08/14 - 10:30

(Persia digest)- In response to recent US sanctions, Iran's lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved the outlines of a motion to boost spending on Tehran's missile program and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). 

In Sunday’s session of the Majlis, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention, to confront "America's terrorist and adventurous actions" in the region. 

The measure came in retaliation to legislation passed by US Congress and signed by US President Donald Trump in early August to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile
program.

The new US sanctions violate a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran both "in letter and spirit." Tehran says its missile program does not breach a UN resolution which endorsed the nuclear deal.

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

The measure would also allocate over $260 million each to Iran's ballistic missile program and the Quds Force — the external arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told members of parliament that the government backed the bill, which he said "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides.".

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