US readies more Iran sanctions

February 28, 2013 - 2:48:25 am
Top officials from the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and Iran take part in talks on Iran's nuclear programme in the Kazakh city of Almaty yesterday.

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers were introducing legislation yesterday that would tighten sanctions on Iran, even as Tehran agreed to future talks with world powers over its contested nuclear drive.

The bipartisan House bill would allow President Barack Obama to impose penalties on foreign entities that provide Iran with goods to help maintain its struggling economy.

The Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013 also would provide Obama with broader authority to target strategic imports, such as mining or power generating equipment that could help Iran with its nuclear programme, which the West and Israel say is a front for weapons development.