CAIRO - European Union states are putting together a new set of sanctions to increase pressure on Iran to give up its controversial nuclear activity, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters on Tuesday.

"We are working on those sanctions...quite urgently and I hope we will be able to discuss them further when we meet again in the middle of October," he said in an interview at the British embassy in Cairo.

Hague said a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Cyprus on Friday had shown "a very strong level of support for further sanctions."

He did not specify what new steps the EU could add to measures that already include a ban on Iranian oil imports.

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