WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved tough new penalties on Iran aimed at thwarting its nuclear ambitions.
By voice vote Monday, the Senate backed the measure that would target Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and require companies that trade on the U.S. stock exchange to disclose any Iran-related business to the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would expand penalties for energy and uranium mining joint ventures with Tehran.
The bill also would deny visas and freeze assets on individuals and companies that supply Iran with technology that could be used to crack down on its citizens, such as tear gas, rubber bullets and surveillance equipment.
Both the Obama administration and the international community have imposed tough sanctions on Iran over its nuclear development program, which Iran maintains is for peaceful purposes only.