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Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:09 PM

U.S. House passes Iran sanctions, financial services measures

Source: Reuters

Politics | Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:59pm EDT

U.S. House passes Iran sanctions, financial services measures

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation linked to the international nuclear agreement with Iran on Thursday, one year after the landmark pact was announced, defying President Barack Obama's veto threat.

Voting largely along party lines, the Republican-controlled House voted 246 to 179 to pass a new set of sanctions on Iran, and 246 to 181 for a measure to block Iran's access to the U.S. financial system, including use of the dollar.

The House on Wednesday passed a bill to bar the U.S. purchase of "heavy water," also with little backing from Democrats.

Heavy water is a non-radioactive byproduct from making nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. The Obama administration said in April the United States would buy $8.6 million worth of heavy water from Iran, angering Republicans who called it a subsidy of the country's nuclear program.

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