Iran's parliament on Sunday approved an increased budget for the country's ballistic missile programme and the regional operations of its Revolutionary Guard, in defiance of USA sanctions imposed last month over Tehran's testing of new missile technology.
About 240 Iranian lawmakers on Sunday overwhelmingly voted to approve a bill aimed at countering America's "adventurous and terrorist" activities in the region.
On August 2, US President Donald Trump signed into law a bill by Congress that imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.
He was referring to a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, known officially as the JCPOA, under which Iran agreed to strict limits on its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of sanctions.
"Iran recognises the entire American military and intelligence forces as terrorist groups" for their "implicit and explicit support for terrorist groups" in the region, their role in creating the Islamic State group, and "the support for violators of fundamental humans rights especially the dictator and violent regimes", the bill's text said.
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.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the bill passed on Sunday had the support of the government.
The bill was submitted to the Majlis Presiding Board, by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Intelligence, as well as the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), the IRGC Quds Force, and the Islamic Republic Army.
"The plan should be aimed at addressing the USA bullies and threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Washington's hegemonic, terrorist and divisive policies, its illegal military and security interferences in the region, and the U.S. military and intelligence support of terrorism and extremism".
A parliamentary committee is also tasked with monitoring United States government and congressional moves and and proposing appropriate reciprocal measures to the Parliament.