Iran Parliament ratifies motion to counter US' 'terrorist' acts

Iran Parliament ratifies motion to counter US' 'terrorist' acts

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions" as some chanted "Death to America", the state broadcaster IRIB reported.

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.

State-run IRNA news agency reported that 247 lawmakers attended the vote session, with 240 approving the spending plan and one lawmaker abstaining.

The Iranian Parliament on Sunday ratified a motion on countering "US adventurous and terrorist measures in the region".

Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee spokesman Seyed Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, while defending the bill, said the bill does not include any measure that would undermine JCPOA in any way; "Iran will never be the first to kill the nuclear deal and take responsibility for its costs", he added.

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The draft law gives the Foreign Ministry three month to prepare a black list of American officials and citizens who played a role in spreading terrorism in the region and assisted the breach of human rights.

They entities include USA military and security organizations and their commanders who have provided effective financial, intelligence, military, logistic and training backing for the terrorists in the region, especially those of Daesh and al-Nusra Front.

The draft bill allocates 10,000 billion rials ($262 million) to the General Staff of the Armed Forces for developing Iran's missile work and the same amount is to be equally divided among foreign, intelligence and defense ministries for carrying out tasks delegated by the bill, including a probe into U.S. actions in the region.

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 parliamentary committee is also tasked with monitoring United States government and congressional moves and and proposing appropriate reciprocal measures to the Parliament.

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