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Iran missile tests fuel sanctions push in Congress

Lawmakers demand response after latest rocket launches.
An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable) is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman's shore near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Norouzi/Handout (IRA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR2VTE1
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Congress is ramping up its efforts to slap new sanctions on Iran after the country said it conducted multiple ballistic missile launches in defiance of US and international sanctions.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., met with his aides hours after the March 8 announcement to discuss the potential content and timing of legislative action. He and panel member Robert Menendez, D-N.J., have been working for the past month on multi-pronged sanctions legislation and said the latest reports out of Tehran were an incentive to kick things up a notch.

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