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

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

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(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

An Iranian military truck carries a US made Hawk air defence missile system from the Shah era during a parade on the occasion of the country's Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran.© ATTA Kenare/AFP/Getty Images An Iranian military truck carries a US made Hawk air defence missile system from the Shah era during a parade on the occasion of the country's Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran. I

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.

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Iran ended the suspension several months after it began, but the EU-3 and Iran reached a more In the view of many experts, U . S . funds would make the aid recipients less attractive to most CISADA bans accounts with banks that do business with the Revolutionary Guard and sanctioned entities

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)

Iran says only 5 days needed to ramp up uranium enrichment .
<p>Iran's atomic chief said Tuesday the Islamic Republic needs only five days to ramp up its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, a level at which the material could quickly be further enriched for use in a nuclear weapon.</p>The comments by Ali Akbar Salehi to Iranian state television come as U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly has threatened to renegotiate or walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal.

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