Iran’s coverage: In response to new US sanctions, Iran votes to boost military defense by $500m

Daily look at Iran’s late-breaking news and upcoming events:

 

Iran lawmakers raise missile, guard spending to challenge US

Chanting “Death to America,” Iran’s parliament voted unanimously Sunday to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, part of a sanctions bill mirroring a new U.S. law targeting the country.

 

World nations stand with Iran on JCPOA: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the 2015 nuclear agreement benefits the entire region and the world, warning that any attempt to damage the deal will backfire.

Zarif: JCPOA pumps billion of dollars into Iran

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that after implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) billion of US dollars have been pumped into the country.

 

Iran in talks to buy 48 Airbus helicopters: report

Iran is holding talks with European planemaker Airbus to buy 48 helicopters for civilian use, an Iranian official was on Saturday quoted as saying, as Iran continues its shopping spree of Western aircraft after the lifting of sanctions.

Iran’s Larijani says anti-US law first step to counteract Washington’ measures

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the parliament’s vote today to approve a motion to counter US terrorist and adventurous measures in the Middle East was just the first step, adding that if Washington proceeds with its anti-Tehran policies, the law will take effect.

 

Iran to FIFA: Players not banned for playing against Israelis

Iran Football Federation, in a letter to FIFA, has stressed that the two players who appeared in a football match against an Israeli team have not been dropped from the Iranian national football team.

 

Iran’s top officer to visit Turkey on rare visit

Major General Mohammad-Hassan Baqeri is going to visit the Turkish capital on a three-day visit in the first-ever foreign trip of the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces.

 

IRGC Commander: Iran never allows US visit to military sites

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined that Iran will not allow any foreign states, specially the US, to visit the country’s military centers.

 

Saudi crown prince asks Iraq to mediate between Tehran, Riyadh

Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji says the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has called on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to help ease tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

 

Iran’s atomic chief blasts Trump’s remarks as illusion

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi lashed out at US President Donald Trump for allegations about Tehran’s non-commitment to the nuclear deal, stressing that he is speaking of his illusion.