US House passes Iran sanctions, financial services measures

By REUTERS
July 15, 2016 01:50

 
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WASHINGTON- The US House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation linked to the international nuclear agreement with Iran on Thursday, one year after the landmark pact was announced, defying President Barack Obama's veto threat.

Voting largely along party lines, the Republican-controlled House voted 246 to 179 to pass a new set of sanctions on Iran, and 246 to 181 for a measure to block Iran's access to the US financial system, including use of the dollar.

The House on Wednesday passed a bill to bar the US purchase of "heavy water," also with little backing from Democrats.

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