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Iran: EU sanctions sec for lack of Iranian response

(BRUSSELS2, European Summit) The 27 heads of state and government meeting in Brussels took a whole range of possible sanctions against Iran. The bill is hefty. Because the EU goes further than the UN, to sanction Iran's lack of cooperation in nuclear matters. Among the bans, maritime and air transport, the financial sector, technology transfers or new investments, services and equipment in the oil and gas sector. This is a blow to the wallet of Iranian power (provided that no one takes over). The Foreign Ministers meet again on July 26 to provide details of the measures.

last call

This is a vital warning message. A European “last call”, in a way, to the Iranian authorities for a more concrete dialogue. Catherine Ashton, the EU's chief diplomat, wrote to Iranian negotiator Said Jalili last week. But no response yet. As British Foreign Secretary William Hague said, “we want to talk with Iran. But he refuses to play the game”. "We are always open to dialogue – confirms a European diplomat – and continue our dual approach” (diplomatic dialogue, sanctions).

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).