Iran's parliament ratifies motion to counter United States "terrorist" acts in region

North Korea’s announcement that it is finalising a plan to launch four ballistic missiles over Japan toward the island of Guam has touched off a series of fiery threats from president Donald Trump and upped tensions between Pyongyang and Washington to

It proposes that the government allocates an additional $260m for the "development of the missile programme" and the same amount to Iran's Quds Force, a branch of the country's Revolutionary Guards Corps, the official state news agency Irna said.

The Iranian parliament voted Sunday for allocating $520 million on the development of its own missile program in response to United States sanctions, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

In a session Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention, to confront "America's terrorist and adventurous actions" in the region.

The legislation is a reaction to a bill ratified recently in the US Senate allowing Washington to impose non-nuclear sanctions against Iran's missile program and its Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) force.

Abbas Araghchi, a deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator on hand for the vote, said a moderate President Hassan Rouhani's government would support the bill.

It mandates the government to allocate an additional Dollars 260 million for the "development of the missile programme" and the same amount to the Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations wing, the Quds Force, state news agency IRNA said.

Washington's new sanctions violate a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran both "in letter and spirit". Trump repeatedly threatened to tear up what he once called "the worst deal ever", but last month he backed away from a key campaign promise to withdraw from the nuclear agreement.

"The bill has very wisely tried not to violate the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and also give no chance to the other party to manipulate it", Araqchi said.

The motion was designed in view of continued bellicose policies of the U.S. towards Iran, and its persisting measures aimed at endangering peace and security in the region, it said. US President Trump has warned North Korea, an ally of Iran, against firing the missiles and says he will protect Guam, home to 163,000 US citizens if that happens.

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