EU should consider 'all options' for Iran

2011-11-14 15:11
Brussels - Further sanctions against Iran are "for sure", but the EU should not rule out other options including military action, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said on Monday, ahead of a meeting with EU counterparts.

Last week, an International Atomic Energy Agency report alarmed the international community, as it provided further evidence that Iran's nuclear programme was being developed for military, rather than civilian purposes.

"I think we are talking about stepping up sanctions, that's for sure... through the United Nations if possible at all," Rosenthal told reporters in Brussels in response to the report.

But in specific reference to a military option, he added: "I don't think we should exclude any other option at the moment. We don't talk about it, but to include or exclude any other option is not in order right now."

Foreign ministers were also expected to discuss further sanctions against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Serbia's prospects for EU membership amid continued tensions in northern Kosovo and extending an EU training mission in Afghanistan.

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