Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Iran to 'counter' United States sanctions with more funding for missiles, Quds Force

Iran to 'counter' United States sanctions with more funding for missiles, Quds Force

"The Americans should know that this was our first action", Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said after stating that the majority voted for a package "to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region", as quoted by AFP.

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

The countermeasures, which were approved by 240 Iranian lawmakers on Sunday, would see more money allocated to Iran's missile program as well as to the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards' extraterritorial operations branch, among other measures.

Tehran says this violates the 2015 nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has called "the worst ever" and threatened to tear up. The parliament's majority voted for the bill, which was a response to the USA new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the bill passed on Sunday had the support of the government.

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.

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.

Iranian officials deem the anti-Iran sanctions over its ballistic missile program and alleged "support for terrorism" in violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the JCPOA. "Iran boasts potential and actual options to confront hostile USA actions".

Citing recent U.S. sanctions and "adventurism", Tehran plans to bolster its ballistic missile system as tensions rise.

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