Press TV - The US House Committee on Foreign
Affairs is likely to vote next month on imposing sanctions on Iran's gasoline
imports, according to the committee chairman.
"Absent some compelling evidence as to why I should do otherwise, I will mark up my bill next month and begin the process of tightening the screws on Tehran," House Representative Howard Berman said in a statement released by his office on Thursday.
To "mark up" a bill means for the committee to finish writing the legislation and to vote on whether to send it to the full House for consideration.
The legislation should be approved by both the House and the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama before turning into law.
In July, the US Senate approved a bill to penalize companies that continue to sell gasoline and other refined oil products to Iran by banning them from receiving Energy Department contracts to deliver crude to the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Iran is dependent on gasoline imports for about 40 percent of its domestic demand.
Such measures would seek to pressure Iran into halting its uranium enrichment program, which the West, spearheaded by the US, claims is aimed at producing nuclear weapons.
Iran, however, has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying its enrichment program is solely aimed at producing much needed fuel for it nuclear power plants to generate electricity.
Tehran says it will not give up the Iranian nation's legitimate nuclear rights under Western pressure.
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