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13 August 2017, 02:08 | Devin Moran
Iran Majlis passes motion in response to US sanctions
The vote came in reaction to legislation passed by the US Congress and signed by US President Donald Trump in early August to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile programme. The parliament's majority voted for the bill, which was a response to the US new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
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.
After Larijani announced the vote results, lawmakers shouted: "Death to America".
The bill will allocate $260m (£200m) to Iran's ballistic missile programme and the same amount to Quds Force, the special forces unit of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.
Tehran says the measures violate a 2015 deal with world powers that eased sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.
The bill tasks Foreign, Intelligence, and Defense Ministries, Iran's Army, and its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and its Quds Force to produce a comprehensive strategy aimed at countering U.S. threats.
He praised the bill, saying it "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides".
The senior Iranian diplomat said the anti-US law was passed as part of measures foreseen by the country's JCPOA supervisory body to be taken in response to any potential move against Iran and the multilateral deal.
The United States has had no diplomatic ties with the Iran since 1980, and Trump has halted the direct contacts initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is the head of an Iranian commission tasked with monitoring the agreement's implementation, told MPs that the government backed the bill which he described "very strong".
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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