Maze cartoon of snipers aiming a big gun marked USA/Iran
sanctions as they take aim at the gasoline imports. Created
by Yonatan Frimer
Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law on
Thursday far-reaching new sanctions on Iran that aim to squeeze the
Islamic Republic's fuel imports and deepen its international isolation.
Obama said the new sanctions were the toughest ever passed by
the U.S. Congress and would make it harder for Iran
to buy refined petroleum as well as goods and services to modernize its
oil and natural gas sector, the mainstay of its economy.
While the door to diplomacy remained open, he said, Iran
would come under even greater international pressure if it continued to
defy international calls to halt its uranium enrichment program.
The United States and its European allies suspect Iran
is trying to build an atomic bomb, despite Tehran's insistence that its
nuclear program is for the peaceful generation of electricity.