Thursday, March 16, 2006

House Panel Votes For Sanctions Against Iran

Washington Post
March 16, 2006

Ignoring White House objections, a Republican-controlled House panel overwhelmingly approved legislation yesterday to tighten sanctions against Iran.

The 37 to 3 vote of the House International Relations Committee reflected hostility toward Iran's Islamic government and the specter that it may acquire nuclear weapons.

The legislation would end U.S. economic aid to any country that helped Iran by investing in its energy sector or permitted a private entity to carry out such investment. The president would be authorized to waive the provision if he deemed such action to be in the national interest.

The administration opposes the legislation, saying it would limit the flexibility needed to pursue a diplomatic solution to the stalemate over Iran's nuclear program.

Rep. Tom Lantos (Calif.), the committee's ranking Democrat, said the goal is "to inflict such severe economic pain on Tehran that it would starve the leadership of the resources they need to fund a costly nuclear program."


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