US legislators move to reduce gas supply to Iran

Striking at the Iranian government, the leaders of a bipartisan panel in the US House of Representatives proposed legislation Thursday designed to reduce Iran's import of gasoline. The move by Reps. Mark S. Kirk, a Republican, and Robert E. Andrews, a Democrat, who set up a congressional working group on Iran's nuclear programs two years ago, coincided with angry protests in Teheran against fuel rationing. While Iran is one of the world's largest oil producers, a lack of refineries compels Iran to import nearly half the gasoline used by Iranians. Besides the rationing, which sparked street demonstrations in Teheran and criticism of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the government boosted gasoline prices last month.