June 15, 2017 16:41 GMT by reuters.com

U.S. Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

U.S. Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran and Russia, and setting up a mechanism to force President Donald Trump to get Congress' approval before easing any existing sanctions.

As voting continued, the 100-member Senate backed the measure by a margin of 96-2. To become law, it still must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by Trump.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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