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Lawmakers unveil new round of Iran sanctions

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are pushing ahead on tougher sanctions against Iran's shipping and energy operations.

Sens. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Mark Kirk of Illinois introduced an amendment Thursday to a defense bill that would impose a new round of penalties. The legislation would designate Iran's energy, ports, shipping and ship-building sectors as entities of proliferation, and sanction transactions with these areas.

They build on the sanctions on Tehran's oil industry that the two lawmakers pushed through the Senate earlier this year.

Lawmakers argue that crippling Iran's economy would thwart its nuclear ambitions. The Senate could vote on the new sanctions by week's end.

The legislation also would designate the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and its president as human rights abusers for broadcasting forced televised confessions and show trials.