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U.S. Senate Backs Sanctions Targeting Iran's Fuel Suppliers

Source: RFE/RL

WASHINGTON -- The United States Senate has voted to approve legislation that would allow President Barack Obama to impose sanctions targeting Iran's gasoline suppliers, in a move aimed at pressuring Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

The sanctions would target companies that export gasoline to Iran or help the country's oil refining capacity by, in part, denying them loans and other assistance from U.S. financial institutions.

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed similar legislation.

Differences between the Senate and House bills will still need to be resolved before the measure can be voted on and signed into law by Obama.

Iran denies allegations it is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon, saying its atomic program is for peaceful purposes only.

China Still Doubtful On Iran Sanctions

China is calling for efforts to resume dialogue with Iran over its nuclear program, stalling U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton's efforts to win public commitment for a new round of UN sanctions.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, in London for a world conference on Afghanistan, says Iran's nuclear program should be addressed only through diplomacy.

He spoke after meeting with Clinton, who has been working to build support for new sanctions on Iran among members of the UN Security Council.

For her part, the U.S. secretary says Iran has made no efforts to reach a compromise with the international community over its nuclear program, leaving little choice but to apply greater pressure on the Tehran government.

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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