French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
PARIS - France wants its European partners to agree by end-January on
sanctions on Iran similar to those envisaged by the United, States,
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday.
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wants sanctions toughened and the French President Nicolas Sarkozy has
made two concrete proposals on that front - the first being the freezing
of Iranian central bank assets, a tough measure, and the second an
embargo on Iranian oil exports," Juppe told i>tele, a French news TV
Washington is already in the process of imposing such sanctions
, he said. "We want the Europeans to take a similar step by January 30 to show our determination," he said.Also
on Tuesday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Vadim Koval told the
Interfax news source that Russia doesn't believe Iran has long-range
missiles. According to Koval, Iran does not possess the necessary
technology to create these weapons in the near future and has so far
only tested short and medium range missiles.
Iran said on Monday that it had test fired two long-range missiles,
flexing its military muscle in the face of mounting Western pressure
over its nuclear program.
It made the announcement at the climax of 10 days of naval exercises in
the Gulf, during which Tehran warned it could shut the Strait of Hormuz,
through which 40 percent of the world's traded oil is shipped, if
sanctions were imposed on its crude exports.