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EU sanctions on Iran

world Updated: Jun 18, 2010 00:07 IST

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European Union leaders agreed tighter sanctions against Iran, including measures to block investment in the oil and gas sector and curtail refining and natural gas capability.

The measures go substantially beyond the sanctions the United Nations agreed on June 10 and are designed to pressure Tehran to return to talks over an uranium enrichment programme Western powers believe is designed to produce nuclear weapons.

The steps, which could come into force within weeks, will focus on trade, including dual-use items, banking and insurance, Iran’s transport sector, including shipping and air cargo, and key sectors of the gas and oil industry.