A published report says the Bush administration is planning new measures against anyone doing business with Iranian, North Korean and Syrian companies Washington believes are involved in weapons programs.

The Washington Post quotes unidentified U.S. officials in its report Monday saying the plan would initially target eight entities mostly suspected of working with missile programs in those three countries.

An internal government memo indicates the plan would provide a new tool against the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction.

The newspaper says new measures would include freezing assets of any U.S. or foreign individual or company conducting business with the suspected Iranian, North Korean and Syrian companies.

White House officials are reported to be hopeful President Bush will sign the executive order before he heads to Scotland late this week for the Group of Eight summit.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.