Iran's parliament has overwhelmingly approved more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile programme and foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards. The Parliament took the step in response to United States sanctions.

A total of 240 parliamentarians out of 244 present voted for the bill.         

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the bill doesn't violate the nuclear deal.

The move follows a spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington since US President Donald Trump took office with a vow to get tough on Iran.

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