Tuesday 21 November 2017

US senate panel approves new sanctions on Iran

The move would leave in place the recent landmark nuclear deal, signed with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (AP)
The move would leave in place the recent landmark nuclear deal, signed with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (AP)

The US senate foreign relations committee has approved legislation that would authorise President Donald Trump to levy new penalties on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal in place.

Senators voted 18-3 in favour of the bill.

The bipartisan legislation would impose mandatory sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile programme and anyone who does business with them.

The measure would punish Iran's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

Senator Bob Corker is the committee chairman and one of the bill's sponsors.

The Tennessee Republican said he recently reviewed top-secret intelligence which detailed Iran's support for terrorism and other destabilising actions.

Mr Corker said: "It is astounding what Iran continues to do around the world."

But senators who oppose the bill are concerned it could undermine the nuclear deal.

Press Association

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