EU leaders to call for more Iran sanctions, diplomat says

By REUTERS
December 9, 2011 01:48

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders will call for more sanctions against Iran at a summit in Brussels on Friday, in an effort to ratchet up pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program, draft conclusions of an EU summit showed.

They are not likely make an explicit call yet for an embargo on Iranian crude oil, which EU diplomats have began discussing this month as a way to strengthen Europe's response to mounting Western concerns that the OPEC producer has worked to design a nuclear weapon.

The International Atomic Energy Agency ignited such worries last month when it released new evidence on Iran's nuclear work, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes only.

An EU diplomat with knowledge of conclusions prepared for the summit of EU heads of state in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, said governments will reiterate plans to develop new sanctions in the coming weeks.


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