Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani rapped US Secretary of State John Kerry for his military threats against Iran amid diplomatic efforts to settle the differences between Tehran and the world powers, and said the parliament increases the country’s military budget in response to Washington’s continued war rhetoric.

“Today, you heard Kerry’s remarks and saw his sabre-rattling against the Islamic Republic of Iran and we should fully understand this sensitivity and take practical measures against it,” Larijani said, addressing the Iranian lawmakers on Saturday evening.

Stressing that the US Secretary of State’s remarks needs a pragmatic response, he said Iran would increase its military budget in response and to defend the country against possible threats.