U.S. Senate approves sanction bill against Iran

WASHINGTON. October 16. KAZINFORM The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a sanction bill against Iran, barring companies selling fuel to Iran from obtaining U.S. government bids,  Kazinform cites Xinhua.

Under the bill, which was passed by an 80-17 vote, foreign company that sells more than one million dollars' worth of fuel to Iran would not be able to bid for contracts offered by the U.S. government.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed another bill, under which the U.S. state and local governments would obtain legal authorities to divest investments from those companies investing more than 20 million dollars in Iran's petroleum or natural gas operations.

The U.S. Congress has been considering other sanction measures. All of these sanction bills have to be signed by President Barack Obama before becoming law.

The move by the U.S. Congress came after the Iranian government told the UN nuclear watchdog that it has a second uranium enrichment plant near Qom, 160 kilometers south of Tehran. The plant is believed to have facility for 3,000 centrifuges.

The United States, its European allies and Israel claim that Iran's nuclear program is aimed at developing nuclear weapons, while the UN Security Council also requires Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment activity.

However, Iran insists that its nuclear plan is only for peaceful purposes, and continues its uranium enrichment activity despite pressure from the western countries and relevant resolutions and sanctions of the United Nations, Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

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