European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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The European Union extended sanctions on Iran over human rights violations Thursday, as the bloc prepared for a clash over whether to impose a new set of penalties in the hope of safeguarding a nuclear deal with the country.The EU is eager to safeguard the pact, under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear ambitions for at least a decade, but divided over how to achieve that.The EU Thursday extended the only remaining sanctions it has in place against Iran, related to human rights violations, by a year until April 2019 .The EU revoked its broader set of economic and financial sanctions on Iran in 2016 after the nuclear deal was struck.
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