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Sunday, 13 August 2017 06:50

Iran lawmakers vote to boost spending on missile program

Written by  Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s parliament voted overwhelmingly Sunday to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, chanting “Death to America” in a direct challenge to Washington’s newest sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The lawmakers’ vote comes amid growing anger in Iran over U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to renegotiate the nuclear deal struck with world powers in 2015. While they stressed the bill wouldn’t violate the terms of that agreement, it again increases the friction between the two nations that routinely have tense encounters in the Persian Gulf.

In a session Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention from the 247 legislators on hand, Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA reported.

The bill now heads to an oversight committee called the Guardian Council, which is expected to approve it. Abbas Araghchi, a deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator on hand for the vote, said moderate President Hassan Rouhani’s government would support the bill.

“The bill has very wisely tried not to violate the (nuclear deal) and also gives no chance to the other party to manipulate it,” he said in comments reported by IRNA.

Under terms of the bill, some $800 million will be put toward several projects, including the Defense Ministry and its intelligence agencies. Among the agencies receiving money would be the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force, an expeditionary force run by Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who has been in Syria and Iraq.

The Guard, separate from Iran’s conventional military forces, answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The bill also imposes a visa and travel ban on U.S. military and security organizations and their commanders who have provided financial, intelligence, military, logistic and training support to terrorists in the region, naming the Islamic State group and the Syrian branch of al-Qaida.

Iranian officials often accuse the U.S. of being involved with both groups. The U.S. is actively involved in a massive military campaign against the Islamic State group and has struck the al-Qaida affiliate as well.

Perhaps more relevantly, the bill also includes banning visas for American officials involved with the Iranian exile group called the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. Prominent U.S. lawmakers and politicians have met with the group and spoken at its rallies. The MEK has paid one of Trump’s Cabinet members and at least one adviser in the past for giving such speeches.

IRNA also referred to the money also being used to develop nuclear propellers. In December, Rouhani ordered officials to draw up plans on building nuclear-powered ships, something that appears to be allowed under the nuclear deal, over an earlier dispute on U.S. sanctions under the Obama administration.

Trump signed a sanctions bill earlier this month that included new measures imposed on Iran. That sparked new outrage in Iran, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accusing Trump of trying to “kill” the nuclear deal.

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Thank you king o and you band of treasonous thugs...giving my tax $$$ to enemies of our country.....I never did consent to this!. All you cared about was ans is the destruction of America in to a 3rd world hellhole....we Patriots must unite and fight this...and THAT includes voting out any and ALL RINOs like mcconnel and ryan, mccain, and graham, flake and murkowsky.....and snowe...primary them out America

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Iran's Parliament did not chant "Death to America" but some members did. Death to America means an end to the US oppression of Iran, which started when the CIA helped overthrow the popular elected President and replaced him with a brutal dictator. The latest threats from Trump have emboldened the hardliners in Tehran, and so they have committed 500 million (1/2 of 1% of US total defense spending) to improving their ability to defend their country, as is their right.

The money returned to Iran was their own money, and in fact they only got a small portion of what it was worth, adjusted for the compound interest it was drawing while seized by the US.

Current hostility (Trump calls John Bolton who is calling for bombing Iran a "good man with good ideas" and considered him for Secy of State) has weakened the moderates who want good relations with the US and strengthened the hand of the hardliners. Stupid!

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debra shawver Written by debra shawver
August 13, 2017
And you are a fool ruff.....I truly hope your home and that of your family is the one hit 1st...as for me and mine we are prepping for the fallout of you anti-American liberals policies....king o and all his band of thugs/marxist/commies are traitors to our Constitutional Republic...we are NOT a democracy.
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Dale Ruff Written by Dale Ruff
August 13, 2017
You are truly ugly and sadistic. By what madness do you think Iran could hit my home and by what logic. Iran showed in the deal to have sanctions removed and their money, in part returned, for giving up possibility of beginning a nuclear weapons program (which both the CIA and Mossad said they had not) they want good relations and an end to hostility. Your paranoid and irrational opinion is what is emboldening the hardliners and undermining those who want positive relations.

Iran's missile system is purely defensive, and no one can blamed them for responding to US threats by improving it. They have no nukes, the US has 8000, with some circling Iran right now. The idea they would attack the US is really stupid.

Thank you Obama....the American people will not forget your war on America.

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Well, why not. After obama empowered this rogue and criminal nation by giving them millions of dollars, much of it our tax-dollars, with which to fund their terrorism. Time for these criminal dictators to be removed from their power.

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