Iranian parliament approve budget to strengthen IRGC

Iran Adds Funding to Missiles, Guards After New US Sanctions

Iran Adds Funding to Missiles, Guards After New US Sanctions

"The Americans should know that this was our first action to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region", parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said after the vote.

The measure was voted for by 240 out of 244 MPs present. The additional United States sanctions put in place last month directly target the missile programme and the IRGC. A session in which members of parliament chanted "Death to America".

The move follows a spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington since US President Donald Trump took office in January with a vow to get tough on the Islamic republic.

The measure would also allocate over $260 million each to Iran's ballistic missile program and the Quds Force - the external arm of the IRGC, which has sent military advisers to Iraq and Syria to fight terrorists.

It will also require Iran's government and armed forces to draw up a plan to counter USA violations of human rights around the world and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by sanctions.

The bill is "very smart particularly because it doesn't violate the nuclear deal and doesn't allow the other side to make excuses", he added.

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Moreover, the Article 370 is part of the original constitution, and hence, the Article 35A also flows from it. The Union government has rightly parted ways with the state government in front of the Supreme Court .

"I believe this law is an appropriate and wise response to the USA hostilities (against Iran)", he noted following the bill's approval.

In response to this, Iran complained to the UN Security Council about the USA sanctions and accused Washington of breaching the nuclear deal.

Tehran says the measures violate a 2015 deal with world powers that eased sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

But last month he backed away from his pledge to withdraw from the agreement.

In the meantime, about $150 million will go to develop Iran's ballistic missiles.

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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