French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian walks in stage to give an address on the 30th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on March 13, 2018. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON
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France urged the European Union Monday to consider new sanctions on Iran over its involvement in Syria's civil war and its ballistic missile program, as Paris tries to persuade Washington to preserve a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.In response, the three European signatories – France, Britain and Germany – have proposed new EU sanctions targeting Iranian citizens who support Syria's government in that country's civil war and Tehran's ballistic missile program, according to a very confidential document seen by Reuters.Any EU-wide measures would be the first significant punitive steps since the bloc lifted broad economic sanctions on Iran last year following the 2015 accord to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions for at least a decade.But new sanctions would need the support of all 28 EU member states and could complicate new business deals with Iran.
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