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Mitch McConnell accuses Harry Reid of coddling Iran for Obama

The Senate’s Democratic leadership is shielding US President Barack Obama from potentially embarrassing fallout by refusing to vote on new sanctions against Iran, the chamber’s top Republican warned Wednesday. Lawmakers from both parties are keen to expand economic penalties on Iran, which is in the midst of negotiations with world…

Treasury official: Shutdown drastically cuts into efforts to enforce sanctions against Iran and Syria

The government shutdown has cut into efforts to enforce economic and trade sanctions against Iran and Syria, an official said. A Treasure Department official told ABC News that the shutdown had “massively reduced staffing” in the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees the enforcement of the sanctions. The official…

Obama moves to choke Iran oil exports

President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for fresh sanctions against Iran’s oil sector Friday, judging there is enough oil on world markets to ensure the move will not hit US consumers. With just hours to go before a legal deadline, Obama determined the United States could levy sanctions against banks…

Australia expands sanctions on Iran

SYDNEY — Australia expanded sanctions against Iran to restrict business with the country’s petroleum and financial sectors as concern mounts over Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme. Britain, Canada and the United States slapped fresh sanctions last month on Iran following a UN agency report that strongly suggests the country is…

US, China, Russia agree on ‘strong’ Iran sanctions: Clinton

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday that the major world powers have clinched “strong draft” UN sanctions in a response to an Iran-Turkey-Brazil deal. In a surprise announcement before the Senate Foreign Relations committee, Clinton said the draft resolution would be circulated later Tuesday to the…

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