As some lawmakers chanted “Death to America,” Iran’s parliament on Aug. 13 granted its initial approval for increased funding of Teheran’s missile program and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force.
Parliament overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to “counter America’s terrorist and adventurist actions,” state broadcaster IRIB reported.
The bill 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.
The Iranian measure “was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.
Full article: Iran to ‘counter’ U.S. sanctions with more funding for missiles, Quds Force (World Tribune)