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USA toughens sanctions against Iran2012-07-31 12:25
House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have agreed on a joint bill to expand sanctions against Tehran, the Lenta.ru reports. The document must pass the agreement in the House and Senate before the recess, beginning on August 6.gt-en-newsitem-inside
In the spring of 2012, the upper and lower chambers of the U.S. Congress adopted their own draft laws on new sanctions against Iran, and then started to work out a joint and compromise document.
The new sanctions package approved by both Houses provides for increased penalties for the purchase of Iranian oil. Western countries believe Tehran is using the means from selling the oil for the work on a program to develop nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, on the eve of his visit to Israel, the Pentagon chief Leon Panetta supported the initiative of Congress, warning Israel against military intervention in settling Iran's issue, the RG.ru reported. "Sanctions have had a major impact on Iran's economy, although these results may be not so apparent". Panetta added that the need to continue putting pressure on Iran, since Tehran had expressed a desire to continue negotiations "and interest in finding a diplomatic solution".
The United States tightened sanctions on Iran in early 2012. The same solution was also adopted by the European Union, which ceased purchasing Iranian oil from 1st of July.