Senate passes Iran sanctions bill

By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer Sat Sep 30, 2:12 AM ET

WASHINGTON – The Senate, with no debate Saturday, passed and sent to the president legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on entities that provide goods or services for
Iran’s weapons programs.

The Senate action came two days after the House approved the measure following a debate over the wisdom of toughening unilateral sanctions on Tehran at the same time the United States was trying to work with its U.N. partners on a multinational approach to Iran’s nuclear threat.

Both chambers approved the measure, which sanctions any entity that contributes to Iran’s ability to acquire chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, by voice vote.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., in a statement, said the action “strengthened one of our most important tools in the fight to keep nuclear weapons out of the mullahs’ hands.” more….


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