World Iran eyes more funds for missiles, Guards after U.S. sanctions

11:35  13 august  2017
11:35  13 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

Iran threatens to restart nuclear programme

  Iran threatens to restart nuclear programme <p>Iran's president has warned that it could restart its nuclear programme "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions.</p>Hassan Rouhani also said the programme would be more advanced than in 2015, when Iran curbed its nuclear activities as part of a deal with world powers.

(3rd UPDATE) The new sanctions are the first of Trump' s presidency and target what US officials say is Iran ' s weapons procurement network in Lebanon and China.

Republican lawmakers demanded stepped-up sanctions against Iran on Tuesday after the Islamic Republic test-fired several ballistic missiles . The launches, carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps from various silos around the country

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ran's parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a bill to boost spending on Tehran's missile programme and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States.

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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.

Iran accuses Trump of 'bad faith' on nuclear deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is preparing to levy new sanctions on Iran , U . S . officials say, in the first punitive action since the White House put Iran "on notice" after it test-fired a ballistic missile .

The measure came in retaliation to legislation passed by U.S Congress and signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in early August to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile programme.

Iran denies its missile programme violates a U.N. resolution which endorsed Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and calls upon the Islamic Republic not to conduct activities related to ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons. Tehran says it does not design such missiles.

The Iranian plan would require Iran's government and armed forces to draw up a strategy to counter U.S. violations of human rights around the world, and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by U.S. sanctions.

The measure would also allocate over $260 million each to Iran's ballistic missile programme and the Quds Force - the external arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has been deployed to battlefields in Iraq and Syria.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told members of parliament that the government backed the bill, which he said "was designed wisely so that it does not violate the (nuclear deal) and provide excuses for opposing sides", state news agency IRNA reported.

The bill must now pass a second vote before being submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law. (Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Alison Williams)

Rouhani sworn in amid US-Iran friction .
<p>Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been sworn in for a second term after a landslide victory over his hardline opponent in elections in May.</p>However, ahead of the ceremony Mr Rouhani accused the US of undermining the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

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