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Iran's lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a motion in response to recent United States sanctions, voting to boost spending on Tehran's missile program and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was sworn in for a second term earlier this month, called the nuclear deal "a sign of Iran's goodwill on the global stage".

Iran's parliament approved the first step of a bill to boost Tehran's missile program spending, on Sunday. It also comes as a North Korean-announced deadline to fire missiles into the waters around Guam approaches.

In a session this morning, 240 Iranian lawmakers voted for the bill to confront "America's terrorist and adventurous actions" in the region.

Iranian officials deem the anti-Iran sanctions over its ballistic missile program and alleged "support for terrorism" in violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the JCPOA.

The additional United States sanctions put in place last month directly target the missile programme and the IRGC.

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

"The bill has very wisely tried not to violate the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and also give no chance to the other party to manipulate it", Araqchi said.

Iran's parliament has voted to funnel more funds to the nation's ballistic missile program.

Araqchi said the government of President Hassan Rohani would support the bill which must now pass a second vote before being submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have grown since President Trump took office.

But last month he backed away from his pledge to withdraw from the agreement.


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