EU tightens sanctions on Iran over nukes

2011-05-23 19:34

Brussels - The European Union on Monday expanded sanctions against Iran over worries about its nuclear programme.

The EU foreign ministers decided to impose asset freeze and travel bans on several additional Iranian officials and over 100 companies with links to the nuclear programme. Precise figures were not immediately available.

"It is very important that the European Union is taking this stand," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

"It is important not to forget while so many things are happening and changing in the Middle East, that Iran continues with its nuclear programme," Hague said during an intermission in the foreign affairs meeting.

Last month, the EU ministers also imposed similar travel and assets sanctions on 32 Iranian officials for human rights abuses.

Iran has been under scrutiny for nearly a decade after revelations that it was running a secret uranium enrichment programme.

It has already been hit with four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions over its refusal to halt the activity.

Last week, the United States and the EU demanded that Iran return to international talks over its nuclear programme and prove to the world that its atomic intentions are peaceful.

The two have been unsuccessful in persuading Iran to openly discuss its atomic programme, which the US and its allies believe is a cover for nuclear weapons development.

The last round of talks in January ended in failure.

  • slg - 2011-05-23 19:54

    If we do it right in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, Iran will be easier. Then the Middle East will be freer. People will be able to choose their leaders, a basic human right.

  • Ixian - 2011-05-23 20:07

    "If we do it right in Libya..." Who's we? You are certainly a mighty keyboard warrior. :)

      slg - 2011-05-24 02:21

      "We" is the freer world supporting the aspirations of the new generation in the Middle East for greater freedoms and the ability to choose their leaders.

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-05-24 08:02

    Remember that Iran does not have to develop nuclear weopons. They can put their nuclear waste in small bombs, missiles or suicide bombers and detonate the nuclear waste all over a town or area. What about nuclear waste put in a lift shaft or basement of a building. What about nuclear waste put in a container and sent all over the world to end up in some port somewhere. I think they might fill a container ship with nuclear waste and run it aground somewhere like the New York harbour or some other large port or popular beach. Just a thought.

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