Middle East

EU agrees to examine sanctions on Iran energy sector

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague (L) talks to Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the start of a European Union foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels December 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Thierry Roge)

BRUSSELS: European Union governments agreed Thursday to examine sanctions against Iran's energy sector as part of a broad push to increase financial pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme.

After agreeing to extend a list of people and entities affected by EU sanctions, foreign ministers of EU governments said that the energy sector was among other areas where new measures could be introduced, as well as the financial and transport sectors.

"The Council agreed to broaden existing sanctions by examining, in close coordination with international partners, additional measures including measures aimed at severely affecting the Iranian financial system, in the transport sector, in the energy sector," they said.

Ministers said a decision would be taken no later than by their next meeting in January.





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