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Iran's decision to build up missiles program's budget is logical - Russian senator

Iran's decision to build up missiles program's budget is logical - Russian senator

The parliament's majority voted for the bill, which was a response to the US new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The bill includes Iran's countermeasure plans for any United States acts of exploitation and terrorism in the region, as well as the Western country's hostile moves that undermine the successful implementation of Iran's nuclear deal, dubbed JCPOC, which went into effect in January 2016.

Iran's parliament approved the first step of a bill to boost Tehran's missile program spending, on Sunday.

Head of the Federation Council's worldwide affairs committee Konstantin Kosachev says the decision to increase financing of the missile program, adopted by the Iranian parliament, is a logical response to the US tougher sanctions.

Iran denies violating the United Nations resolution which endorsed the Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal, preventing them from conducting activities related to ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons.

Zolfaghar missiles (R) are displayed during a rally marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Tehran on June 23, 2017.

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He reminded 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", reported.

The budget bill allocates $260m for the continuing development of the missile programme and $260 million for the Quds Force, Irna news agency reported.

Government representative Abbas Araqchi was also present in the Majlis session.

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.

The bill tasks Foreign, Intelligence, and Defense Ministries, Iran's Army, and its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and its Quds Force to produce a comprehensive strategy aimed at countering U.S. threats.