Senators mull tougher Iran sanctions

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say lawmakers are working on new sanctions to prevent Iran from doing business with much of the world.

One congressional aide says the bipartisan financial and trade restrictions amount to a “complete sanctions regime.”

The new sanctions could put the Obama administration in a difficult position with allies who are still trading with Iran but whom the U.S. needs if it is to secure a peaceful solution to the Iran nuclear standoff.

The administration targeted four Iranian officials and five organizations with sanctions Thursday for jamming satellite broadcasts and blocking Internet access.

But the measures Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez want are far more sweeping.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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