France urges more pressure on Iran after bank sanctions

France's Foreign Ministry said tougher EU sanctions against Iran should not mark the end of international pressure over its nuclear activities. Ministry spokeswoman Pascale Andreani said new EU financial and travel restrictions on Iranian companies and individuals "are not an end unto themselves." The restrictions affect the country's largest bank, Bank Melli Iran. Andreani said Tuesday that "there is still time to maintain the pressure" on Iran to persuade it to suspend uranium enrichment. Iran said the new EU measures would not affect its nuclear activities, which Teheran says are aimed at producing energy. The US and its allies fear Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.