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United States will likely increase sanctions on Iran following the
release of an incriminating UN nuclear agency report, a US official told Reuters on Tuesday.
The official added that the US will not target Iran's gas and oil industries or its Central Bank for the time being.
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The US may, however, look into additional Iranian commercial
banks and front companies to sanction, adding that sanctioning the
Iranian Central Bank is not currently "on the table."
"I think you will see bilateral sanctions increasing," the
official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters
after the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has worked on developing an atomic bomb
design and may still be conducting relevant research.
criticized the release the UN nuclear agency's
report on Iran's nuclear program, saying it would reduce hopes for
dialogue with Tehran and suggesting it was aimed to scuttle the chances
for a diplomatic solution.
"We have serious doubts about the
justification for steps to reveal contents of the report to a broad
public, primarily because it is precisely now that certain chances for
the renewal of dialogue between the 'sextet' of international mediators
and Tehran have begun to appear," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a
It said time was needed to study the report and
determine whether it contained new evidence of a military element in
Iran's nuclear program or was nothing but "the intentional -- and
counterproductive -- whipping up of emotions".