Iran parliament ratifies legislation to counter United States anti-Iran moves

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

The measure comes in retaliation to new US sanctions on Iran over its ballistic-missile program and missile tests.

Araghchi, also in defense, said the countermeasure bill is "much stronger" than US Congress bill against Iran, since it also extends support to the Islamic Republic's armed forces and all related ministries.

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday overwhelmingly voted to approve a bill aimed at countering Washington's adventurous activities in the region, IRNA reported.

Washington's new sanctions violate a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran both "in letter and spirit".

The measure would allocate about $260 million each to Iran's ballistic-missile program and the Quds Force, the external branch of the IRGC that is said to be active in Syria and Iraq.

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

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi was quoted by the government news agency IRNA as telling members of parliament that the bill "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the [nuclear deal] and provide excuses for opposing sides".

They are obliged to, within a period of six months following the ratification of the bill, devise a comprehensive strategic plan to counter the United States threats.

The government must also use all available global 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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