U.S. circulating tougher Iran sanctions at U.N.

WASHINGTON  (JTA) — The United States reportedly wants the U.N. Security Council to make existing Iran sanctions airtight and to add sanctions targeting its central bank.

The new sanctions would ban transactions with the ousted individuals and entities, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Previous sanctions stopped short of an outright ban.

The proposed sanctions also would add Iran’s central bank to the list — a demand of Israel’s. Such an action would effectively cut off Iranian financial transactions from dealings with the West.

According to the Times, the sanctions are likely to be diluted. Diplomats from Russia, which in recent weeks has suggested it favors enhanced sanctions, say these go too far.

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