Iran Parliament ratifies motion to counter US' 'terrorist' acts

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

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

The vote came after fresh USA sanctions in July against Iran, targeting Tehran's missile programme.

The legislation is a reaction to a bill ratified recently in the US Senate allowing Washington to impose non-nuclear sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Lawmakers on August 13 overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions" as some chanted "Death to America", state-controlled television reported.

Iran maintains that the missiles that it tests don't violate its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers because they are for defensive purposes.

Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee spokesman Seyed Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, while defending the bill, said the bill does not include any measure that would undermine JCPOA in any way; "Iran will never be the first to kill the nuclear deal and take responsibility for its costs", he added.

Tehran says its missile program does not breach a United Nations resolution which endorsed the nuclear deal.

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.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi also voiced approval of Rouhani's administration for the bill.

The motion was designed in view of continued bellicose policies of the U.S. towards Iran, and its persisting measures aimed at endangering peace and security in the region, it said.

The blacklisted individuals will be denied Iranian visas, their assets will be frozen by Iran's Judiciary, and their bank accounts blocked by its Ministry of Economy.

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.

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