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The US Senate on Thursday unanimously approved tough new sanctions against foreign companies that do business with Iran's Revolutionary Guards or contribute to its energy industry. The sanctions are the latest effort to punish the Teheran government over its suspected nuclear weapons program.
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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.
US House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Howard Berman expressed
optimism Wednesday that “the most comprehensive sanctions related to
Iran” would be approved before the July 4 recess.
“It is by far,
by far, the most comprehensive sanctions related to Iran that we have
ever entertained and – I think we can say – have passed,” Berman told
reporters on a conference call.