Italy, Russia, Japan and Brazil joined international condemnation of the United States on Tuesday for new legislation that seeks to crack down on terrorism by punishing foreign investors in Iran and Libya.
The legislation, signed by President Clinton on Monday, comes on the heels of bombing attacks in Saudi Arabia and Atlanta, and the explosion of TWA Flight 800. While the cases remain unsolved, the U.S. government accuses Iran and Libya of sponsoring terrorism.
Iran and Libya say the sanctions are mean-spirited and will be ineffectual.
European Union leaders also called the sanctions useless against terrorism, saying they are an attempt to impose American policies on others.