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14 August 2017, 01:15 | Marta Robbins
Iran Majlis passes motion in response to US sanctions
In response the country's parliament has now given initial approval to a bill to increase spending on their missile programme.
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.
Lawmakers gave the go ahead for the crafting of the bill which is aimed at countering "America's terrorist and adventurist actions", according to the state broadcaster IRIB.
The motion was passed during an open parliamentary session on Sunday morning.
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.
The parliament's majority voted for the bill, which was a response to the US new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The legislation is a reaction to a bill ratified recently in the US Senate allowing Washington to impose non-nuclear sanctions against Iran's missile program and its Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) force.
During his campaign he threatened to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which he has called "the worst deal ever".
The agreement saw crippling economic sanctions on Iran lifted in return for the country restricting its sensitive nuclear activities.
The Iranian legislation must pass a second vote before submission for final approval.
"The bill is backed by the foreign ministry and the government and is part of measures by the JCPOA supervision committee to confront the recent US Congress law", deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi.
A number of recent close encounters between United States ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf have added to the tensions between the two countries.
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