EU leaders threaten Iran and Syria with more sanctions

October 23, 2011 19:41

BRUSSELS - European leaders warned Iran on Sunday it would face tougher sanctions if it failed to address concerns about its nuclear program and said they would tighten restrictions on Syria if it continued to repress its population.

At a Brussels summit, the 27 EU states called on Iran to engage in "constructive and substantial talks" with Western powers to bring about a negotiated solution to the nuclear question "to avoid possible future restrictive measures."

EU leaders called in a statement for the preparation of new sanctions "to be implemented at the appropriate moment in the case that Iran continues not to cooperate seriously nor to meet its obligations."

They also warned Syria the European Union "will impose further and more comprehensive measures against the regime as long as the repression of the civilian population continues."

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