Iran parliament ratifies legislation to counter United States anti-Iran moves

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a campaign rally for May 19 presidential election in Tehran Iran. Iranians head to the polls Friday to vote in the Islamic Republic's presidential election

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a campaign rally for May 19 presidential election in Tehran Iran. Iranians head to the polls Friday to vote in the Islamic Republic's presidential election

In response the country's parliament has now given initial approval to a bill to increase spending on their missile programme.

The parliament's majority voted for the bill, which was a response to the US new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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

The motion was passed during an open parliamentary session on Sunday morning.

The bill would allocate over $260 million each to Iran's ballistic missile program and the Quds Force - the external arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - which is deployed to Iraq and Syria.

He further said American officials should be aware that the legislation was just the first step against anti-Iran measures. The 27-article draft was endorsed after it was brought forward in Parliament by the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in July.

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The additional United States sanctions put in place last month directly target the missile programme and the IRGC.

Araghchi, also in defense, said the countermeasure bill is "much stronger" than US Congress bill against Iran, since it also extends support to the Islamic Republic's armed forces and all related ministries.

With the newly passed funding bill, Iran's parliament offered a rebuke of the USA sanctions.

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

It also took into account America's enmity towards the Iranian government and people and their interests through supporting terrorism and violent extremism, as well as taking adventurous actions, creating divisions, and stoking sectarianism.

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