EU works on extending sanctions against Iranian authorities

The European Union is preparing to extend sanctions against the Iranian authorities. Iran is continuing to evade its obligations to fully inform the international community about its nuclear programme.

The European foreign ministers decided today in Luxembourg to elaborate a broad package of commercial, financial and transport- and energy-related sanctions. The sanctions are in line with UN Security Council resolution 1929, which was adopted on 9 June.

‘These sanctions will target the people who are responsible for Iran’s nuclear programme,’ said foreign minister Maxime Verhagen. ‘They should impact the people of Iran as little as possible. Iranians are already suffering more than enough from excessive violence, intimidation and repression by the regime.’

The Netherlands and its EU partners are concerned about the Iranian nuclear programme. The government’s decision to produce uranium enriched to 20% – a product for which it has no peaceful use – has intensified their concerns.