U.S. House Committee Okays Sweeping Sanctions on Iran

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Inter Press Service

Amid growing tensions in the Middle East, including speculation about a possible Israeli attack on Iran, a key U.S. Congressional committee Wednesday approved two bills that would impose sweeping new economic and diplomatic sanctions against Tehran.

…"Today's actions by the House Foreign Affairs Committee to legislate even more draconian, extraterritorial and unilateral sanctions on Iran …fly in the face of facts on the ground, the demonstrable failure of previous sanctions to achieve their stated purpose, and the basic rules of diplomacy among nations," said Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, a business association representing U.S. and foreign multinational corporations here.

"The Committee's approach would foreclose any constructive engagement by the administration and put the United States on a forced march to counter-productive confrontation," he added.

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