13 Aug '17, 7am

Iran parliament increases missile funds in response to US sanctions

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran's parliament voted Sunday (Aug 13) to allocate US$520 million (S$707.93 million) to develop its missile programme to fight Washington's "adventurism" and sanctions, and to boost the foreign operations of the country's Revolutionary Guards. "The Americans should know that this was our first action," said speaker Ali Larijani, after announcing an overwhelming majority vote for a package "to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region". A total of 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, out of the 244 parliamentarians present. The vote came after fresh US sanctions in July against Iran, targeting Teheran's missile programme. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up "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 Co...

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