In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, the spokesman of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini, said the “comprehensive” bill seeks to counter “hostile” US measures and its anti-Iran sanctions.
Last month, the Senate voted 98-2 for new sanctions on Iran and Russia.
The bill includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and “continued support for terrorism.”
The anti-Iran sanctions came following two sets of sanctions that were rolled out in February and May by the US Treasury Department over Iran’s missile program.
Iran’s defensive ballistic missile program has been a bone of contention with the US. Tehran says its missile tests do not breach UN resolutions because they are solely for defensive purposes and not designed to carry nuclear warheads.
Naqavi-Hosseini said the bill had been scheduled to be submitted to the Presiding Board on Sunday (July 2), adding that it was delayed for a week.
He noted that the bill will appropriate about one trillion tomans ($270 million) to the country’s missile activities. The lawmaker added that the same amount will be earmarked for combating terrorism.
On June 18, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired six medium-range ballistic missiles at Daesh targets in the northeastern Syrian province of Deir Ezoor in response to a June 7 terrorist attack in Tehran, which killed 18 people and injured over 50 others.
Iranian officials hailed the IRGC move, calling for all-out effort to help the country’s armed forces press ahead with anti-terror operations.
Naqavi-Hosseini said Washington has continued its “hostile” approaches and sanctions against Tehran even after the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — plus Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program in July 2015 and began implementing it in January 2016.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
The lawmaker said Washington has intensified anti-Iran threats and pressures after the JCPOA. “These US measures run counter to the JCPOA. It seems that Americans have circumvented the JCPOA; it is not important to them anymore and they have resorted to imposing non-nuclear sanctions against Iran.”
Naqavi-Hosseini concluded that Iran must take countermeasures against Washington as it is continuing “hostile” measures against Tehran.