Russian Official Says Iranian Parliament Bill 'Logical' Response to US

Randolph Lopez
August 14, 2017

In response to the launch, President Trump signed a bill outlining new sanctions against several Iranian groups, freezing funds and outlawing USA citizens from doing businesses with the targets.

The general outlines of the motion were passed with 240 votes in favour and one abstention during an open parliamentary session, Xinhua news agency reported.

Iran denies developing ballistic missiles created to carry nuclear weapons in violation of the agreement and has accused the United States of breaking its word by imposing fresh sanctions.

"The Americans should know that this was our first action", said speaker Ali Larijani after announcing the overwhelming majority vote for the package on Sunday.

The bill must now pass a second vote before being submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law.

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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.

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

Representing the government, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi, who served as a senior negotiator in the nuclear talks with the P5+1 powers, described the legislation as "wise", adding that the government of President Hassan Rouhani will support it.

Mr Trump has recently backed away from his key campaign promise to withdraw from the nuclear agreement.

The parliament has approved 16 measures that Tehran will take to counteract Washington's hostile acts against the Islamic Republic, Larijani said, according to Tasnim.

Other reports by GlobalViralNews

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