U.S. Senate Approves New Sanctions on Iran (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/22/12)
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The U.S. Senate unanimously approved on Monday a package of new
economic sanctions on Iran.
The new package will extend the existing sanctions on trade with
Iranian oil companies and will prevent any attempt by the Islamic
Republic to sell its oil.
The sanctions build on penalties signed into law by President Barack
Obama in December against foreign institutions trading with the
Iranian central bank. They cover dealings with the National Iranian
Oil Company and National Iranian Tanker Company and aim to close a
potential loophole that could have allowed Tehran to continue selling
The latest sanctions come just several days before talks in Baghdad
on Wednesday between Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain,
France and Germany.
On Monday, the head of the UN nuclear agency arrived in Tehran on a
one-day visit that diplomats say could lead to an agreement for
further inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano and his
two aides met with Iran´s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, as
well as Iran´s foreign minister and other officials. Amano´s visit
was focused on getting Iran to agree to terms that will allow IAEA
probes of suspect Iranian sites, including the Parchin military
complex where the agency had reported suspicious activities in the
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday hardened his
rhetoric towards Iran, saying "Iran threatens Israel and world peace."
"In the face of malicious intent, world leaders must show
determination, and not weakness," Netanyahu said. "They must not make
concessions towards Iran. They should present clear and unequivocal
Netanyahu repeated Israel´s demands: Iran must give UN inspectors
full access to all its nuclear facilities, must cease all uranium
enrichment activities, and send all uranium enriched to 20% out of
the country. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/22/12)
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