EU meets to impose more sanctions on Iran

January 24th, 2012 - 12:22 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Jan 23 (IANS) Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) met here Monday to impose additional sanctions on Iran focusing on its central bank and its oil exports, Xinhua reported.

Ahead of the meet, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton reiterated that the sanctions were part of EU’s “twin track approach” towards Iran and said: “The pressure of sanctions is designed to try and make sure that Iran takes seriously our request to come to the table and meet.”

“You will know from everything I have been saying in the last weeks the importance we attach to them either coming back and discussing the issues we left on the table in Istanbul a year ago or indeed putting forward their own proposals,” Ashton told reporters.

“Iran has the opportunity to come forward not just to talk, but to have some concrete issues to talk about,” she said.

Till date, some 400 Iranian assets in Europe have been frozen and 113 people have been subject to a visa ban and an asset freeze.

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