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

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

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

Iran's parliament approved the first step of a bill to boost Tehran's missile program spending, on Sunday.

The legislative move by Iran follows US President Donald Trump's signing of a sanctions bill on Russia, Iran and North Korea on August 2.

On Sunday, Iran's parliament supported the bill on additional $520 million for the ballistic missiles program and for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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

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The Parliament ratified the motion prepared by the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in July.

The budget bill allocates $260m for the continuing development of the missile programme and $260 million for the Quds Force, Irna news agency reported. "Iran boasts potential and actual options to confront hostile United States actions".

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. However, Israel believes Iran's weapons are an existential threat.

It considers the entirety of the USA military forces and intelligence operatives in the region to be supporters of regional terrorist groups, and subject to punitive measures. A string of close encounters between USA ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf in recent months has added to the tensions between the two countries.

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