ROME — Italy is stepping up calls for sanctions against Iran and expressing worry about anti-Western protests in Teheran.
News reports quoted Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini as saying the time for sanctions had arrived and that he believed the European Union is united on the issue.
Frattini spoke to reporters Wednesday on the sidelines of a conference in Rome, a day after Iranians shouted "Death to Berlusconi!" outside the Italian embassy in Teheran.
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi recently announced that his country was scaling back its sizable economic dealings with Iran and called for tighter sanctions over Teheran's nuclear program.
Frattini expressed concern for safety of embassy personnel. He also called for authorities to avoid violence during demonstrations planned Thursday for the 1979 revolution anniversary.