House approves tough new Iran sanctions


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives has approved tough new sanctions on Iran's oil sector and other industries.

The Obama administration fears the measures could undercut the Islamic republic's incoming president ahead of new nuclear negotiations.

The bill in fact makes no mention at all of relative moderate Hasan Rouhani's recent election win or his pledge to improve Iran's relations with the world.

Among its measures, it blacklists any business in Iran's mining and construction sectors and commits the United States to the goal of ending all Iranian oil sales worldwide by 2015.

The House adopted the legislation by a 400-20 vote Wednesday.

Petroleum sales are the biggest source of money for Iran's nuclear program.

Washington fears Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Tehran says its program is for energy and research purposes.

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