WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has voted to strengthen existing sanctions against Iran and impose new ones aimed at its gasoline supplies.
The measure, which passed Thursday night, would extend sanctions to oil and gas pipelines and tankers and impose new sanctions on imports to Iran of certain refined petroleum products. It would also expand sanctions to cover a range of financial institutions and businesses.
The measure is part of a U.S. effort to dissuade Tehran from pursuing nuclear weapons and cracking down on dissidents. Iran has said its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.
Senate and House negotiators must now work out differences between the Senate's legislation and a similar measure already passed by the House.
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