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Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m — BBCI

14 August 2017

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

The vote came in reaction to legislation passed by the US Congress and signed by US President Donald Trump in early August to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile programme.

Iran's parliament voted to boost spending on its elite Revolutionary Guards force and missile program in response to new USA sanctions.

"Iran will never pay the price of violating the JCPOA", spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hossein Naghavian said, adding that Washington "is after imposing the cost of killing the nuclear deal".

According to the bill, Iran's combined government and military apparatus is tasked with devising a comprehensive strategic plan to counter the "US threats" within a period of six months following ratification of the bill.

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As well, the bill allocates a budget of about $5 billion to what is termed as "reinforcing the country's defensive power, improving deterrent its power, countering terrorism, increasing Iran's diplomatic leverage and intelligence capabilities, safeguarding the regional stability, supporting the IRGC, development of nuclear propellers and boosting Iran's defensive capabilities against possible nuclear attacks".

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said the new bill was not in violation of the 2015 agreement limiting the country's nuclear programme.

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

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

The bill includes Iran's countermeasure plans for any United States acts of exploitation and terrorism in the region, as well as the Western country's hostile moves that undermine the successful implementation of Iran's nuclear deal, dubbed JCPOC, which went into effect in January 2016.

Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m — BBCI