US Is Seeking Tougher Sanctions Against Iran

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 09:43 By Mark Landler, The New York Times | name.

US Is Seeking Tougher Sanctions Against Iran
US Embassy in Tehran. (Photo: john / flickr.)

    Washington - The Obama administration is scrambling to assemble a package of harsher economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program that could include a cutoff of investments to the country's oil-and-gas industry and restrictions on many more Iranian banks than those currently blacklisted, senior administration officials said Sunday.

    The administration also is seeking to build a broader coalition of partners that would support harsh sanctions and discourage China and Russia from vetoing them in the United Nations Security Council.

    "There are a variety of options still available," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," said of the potential list of targets for Iranian sanctions, notably in energy equipment and technology. He called it "a pretty rich list to pick from."

    To read more about the Obama administration's plans for Iran sanctions, click here.

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