Iran parliament ratifies legislation to counter USA anti-Iran moves

Iran parliament ratifies legislation to counter USA anti-Iran moves

Iran parliament ratifies legislation to counter USA anti-Iran moves

Tehran says this violates the 2015 nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has called "the worst ever" and threatened to tear up.

The bill includes Iran's countermeasure plans for any USA 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 denies developing ballistic missiles created to carry nuclear weapons in violation of the agreement and has accused the USA of breaking its word by imposing fresh sanctions.

Iranian MPs shouted "death to America" after Speaker Ali Larijani announced the result of the vote.

State-run IRNA news agency reported that 247 lawmakers attended the vote session, with 240 approving the spending plan and one lawmaker abstaining.

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It would also allocate over $260 million each to Iran's ballistic missile program and the Quds Force - the external arm of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), which has sent military advisers to Iraq and Syria to fight terrorists.

He added that the bill will be supported by the government of President Hassan Rouhani, as it is required to pass a second reading before being submitted to the Guardian Council for final approval.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told members of parliament the government and the foreign ministry backed the bill, which he said "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the nuclear deal and provide excuses for opposing sides".

The 27-point bill will also impose sanctions on United States military and intelligence officials in the region.

He further said American officials should be aware that the legislation was just the first step against anti-Iran measures.

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