U.S. senators pushing a bill to slap new sanctions on Iran if it goes back on an interim deal under which it agreed to limit its nuclear program have gained support since the legislation was introduced in December, aides said on Monday.
Sanctions bill opposed by Obama
The bill, which the White House has threatened to veto, requires further reductions in Iran's oil exports and would apply new penalties on other industries if Iran either violates the interim agreement or fails to reach a final comprehensive deal.
Iran signed the six-month interim deal in Geneva on November 24 with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.
The "Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act" had about 48 co-sponsors in the 100-member Senate on Monday, up from 26 when the bill was introduced on December 19, an Senate aide said.
"Expect that number to keep growing over next couple of days as folks who were out of town and staff get back in," the aide said.
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