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House Committee to Push for More Iran Sanctions

The House voted Wednesday to urge for a hardening of sanctions against Iran
By David Lev
First Publish: 5/22/2013, 10:36 PM

Iranian workers standing in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant,
Iranian workers standing in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant,
AFP photo

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to urge for a hardening of sanctions against Iran. A bill, if passed, would further curb Iran's oil exports. The bill would also expand the list of blacklisted Iranian companies, and limit Iran's access to foreign currency.

If the bill is passed, it will be the fourth time since June 2010 that Congress has imposed sanctions on Iran. The bill, which is expected to come up for a vote in the coming weeks, is likely to pass by a wide margin, and will then be forwarded to the Senate for approval.

Congressman Eliot Engel (Dem.), a senior member of the Committee, said that limiting Iran's ability to export oil was the best way to pressure Tehran's leadership to allow international inspectors into its nuclear facilities.