Iran in­creases mis­sile funds in re­sponse to US sanc­tions

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Tehran, Iran - Iran’s par­lia­ment on Sun­day ap­proved more than half a bil­lion dol­lars in fund­ing for the coun­try’s mis­sile pro­gramme and for­eign op­er­a­tions of the elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards in re­sponse to US sanc­tions.

The move fol­lows a spike in ten­sions be­tween Tehran and Wash­ing­ton since US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took of­fice in Jan­uary with a vow to get tough on the Is­lamic repub­lic.

“The Amer­i­cans should know that this was our first ac­tion,” said par­lia­ment speaker Ali Lar­i­jani, af­ter an­nounc­ing over­whelm­ing sup­port for a pack­age ‘to con­front ter­ror­ist and ad­ven­tur­ist ac­tions by the US in the re­gion’. It man­dates the gov­ern­ment to al­lo­cate an ad­di­tional US$260mn for mis­sile de­vel­op­ment and the same amount to the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards’ for­eign op­er­a­tions wing, the Quds Force, IRNA news agency said.

(AFP)

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