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Senate Passes Iran Sanctions Act

(May 22, 1998)

In an effort to prevent foreign companies from helping Iran to develop and build new missiles, the House passed the Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act (IMPSA) by a vote of 90-4 with 6 members absent. The measure is designed to close loopholes in existing counterproliferation laws and impose sanctions on foreign companies that provide missile technology to Iran. It is particularly aimed at preventing Russia from continuing to provide support to Iran for its ballistic missile programs. The House passed an identical bill on June 9, 1998, by a vote of 392-22.