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EU to begin work on expanding Iran sanctions, Borrell says

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EU to begin work on expanding Iran sanctions, Borrell says
April 16, 2024
Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Some EU member states have asked for sanctions against Iran to be expanded in response to Tehran's attack on Israel and the bloc's diplomatic service will begin working on the proposal, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday.

Borrell was speaking after an emergency video conference of EU foreign ministers called to discuss the repercussions of the attack.

"Some member states proposed ... adopting an expansion of restrictive measures against Iran," Borrell told reporters.

"I will send to the External Action Service the request to start the necessary work related to these sanctions," he added.

Borrell said the proposal would expand a sanctions regime that seeks to curb the supply of Iranian drones to Russia so that it would also include the provision of missiles and could also cover deliveries to proxies in the Middle East.

Germany, France and several other EU members have publicly backed such a proposal.

Borrell said he supported the proposal and diplomats would work on it in the coming days so ministers could discuss it again at a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday.

(Reporting by Andrew Gray; Editing by Benoit Van Overstraeten)

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