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

Iranian and foreign leaders attend the swearing-in ceremony of Iran's President Hasan Rouhani for his second term in office in Tehran on Aug. 5 2017

"The Americans should know that this was our first action", said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, after announcing overwhelming support for a package "to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region".

Iran's parliament today approved more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile programme and foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards in response to USA sanctions.

The deal eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme and was endorsed by a United Nations resolution.

"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".

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. The launch did not violate the terms of the 2015 nuclear treaty between the United States, Iran and Western nations, but the move was strongly criticized by the USA and other Western allies.

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He went on to say that according to the law, the Iranian administration is obliged to monitor the USA government's anti-Iran measures and counteract them accordingly. However, Israel believes Iran's weapons are an existential threat.

A parliamentary committee is also tasked with monitoring U.S. government and congressional moves and and proposing appropriate reciprocal measures to the Parliament.

A number of recent close encounters between U.S. ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf have added to the tensions between the two countries.

The government must also use all available worldwide capacities, including the United Nations Human Rights Council, to take action against the USA over its human rights violations, "like its crimes against humanity in Yemen".

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