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By voice vote, the Senate backed the measure ahead of talks between leading nations and Iran in Baghdad on Wednesday. The bill would target Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, require companies that trade on the U.S. stock exchange to disclose any Iran-related business to the Securities and Exchange Commission and would expand penalties for energy and uranium mining joint ventures with Tehran.
The bill also would deny visas and freeze assets on individuals and companies that supply Iran with technology that could be used to crack down on its citizens, such as tear gas, rubber bullets and surveillance equipment.
Both the Obama administration and the international community have imposed tough sanctions on Iran over its nuclear development program, which Iran maintains is for peaceful purposes only.
Last Thursday, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the bill, insisting that it include language stating that the use of military force is an option, as Mr. Obama has said. Negotiations through the weekend produced a bill that was acceptable to Democrats and Republicans.
Obama plans to deliver Air Force Academy commencement
President Obama plans to deliver the commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy, his fourth service academy graduation speech in four years.
The president will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, just days after completing a NATO summit in Chicago where the U.S. and its allies firmed up plans for the eventual withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of 2014.
Since 2009, Mr. Obama has delivered commencement addresses at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden also has delivered graduation speeches to the service academies.
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