U.S. Congress preps new round of Iran sanctions

The Iranian government cut off all oil shipments to Britain and France in response to the tough sanctions against its nuclear program. Elizabeth Palmer reports.

(AP) WASHINGTON - U.S. House and Senate negotiators are wrapping up a bill to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran, targeting shipping lines and adding other punitive measures to derail Tehran's suspected push for nuclear weapons.

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Lawmakers hoped to unveil a final bill late Monday, with a House vote as early as Wednesday.

The measure would reconcile a bill the House passed last December and one the Senate backed in May. But several lawmakers are concerned that the legislation does not go far enough. They are pushing for a bill that labels Iran's energy sector a "zone of proliferation concern" which would effectively ban all business.

A draft version of the bill says it is the sense of Congress that Iran's energy sector be treated as a "zone of proliferation concern."

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