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Iran Earmarks $300 Million for Forbidden Missiles

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An Iranian military parade
An Iranian military parade (Photo: Majid/Getty Images)

Three hundred million dollars have been allocated by Iranian authorities for the regime to develop its ballistic missile program. Citing “threats from the enemies” – namely the U.S., officials said the funds were essential.

Ballistic missiles are used to deliver nuclear warheads. Iran is forbidden from building up its missile program according to UN Resolution 2231.

“Considering the fact that the U.S. and its allies in the region support groups like the Islamic State [Daesh] and al-Nusra Front, it is necessary to develop the country’s missile program, as it is the only means of countering threats from the enemies,” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy.

Boroujerdi also announced that the same amount was being allocated as well to the Quds Special Unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC]. “Without them, the terrorists will rule in Damascus and Baghdad,” he said,as quoted by Iranian Mehr news agency.

In June, the Senate advanced a bill by a vote of 92-7 to impose new sanctions on Iran due to its ballistic missile development program, arms transfers, support for Islamist militant groups and human rights violations.

The bill needs approval by the House of Representatives becoming law.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org