Senate passes new Iran sanctions

June 24, 2010 22:52

The US Senate has unanimously approved Thursday tough new sanctions against foreign companies that do business with Iran's Revolutionary Guard or contribute to its energy industry. The sanctions are the latest effort to punish the Teheran government over its suspected nuclear weapons program.

Across the Capitol Building, the House was also winding up debate on the bill, putting it on an accelerated path for President Barack Obama to sign into law.Congressional action to further disable the Iranian economy and force the government to abandon its nuclear ambitions comes after a year in which the Obama administration made little headway with direct diplomacy to get Iran to change its behavior.

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