- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Republican senators are demanding the escalation of sanctions against Iran after two days of nuclear talks in Geneva.

Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says Iran’s refusal to halt its “nuclear and ballistic missile programs” means the Senate should immediately target all Iranian government revenue and reserves.

The Senate Banking Committee is expected to draft new sanctions soon, mirroring a House bill passed in July. That bill blacklisted Iran’s mining and construction sectors and called for all Iranian oil sales to end by 2015. The Senate’s bill may narrow that time frame.


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The Geneva talks ended upbeat Wednesday, with new talks set for November.

Iran insists its program is peaceful.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was also unimpressed, issuing a resolution calling for more sanctions.

Rubio said Iran cannot be trusted.