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Bipartisan bill seeks to sanction Iran for taking US hostages

Members of the US House of Representatives introduce a bill to impose sanctions and visa prohibitions on Iranian officials responsible for politically motivated detentions of US citizens and engaging in other human rights abuses.

The legislation, called the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, comes as Congress overwhelmingly backed a resolution supporting recent anti-government protests in the Islamic Republic.

Introduced by Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul and Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, the measure is designed to give the Trump administration tools to severely punish Tehran for taking hostages.

— Eric Cortellessa

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