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Iran: Sanctions

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what she expects the effects to be of the latest set of European Union sanctions on Iran; and if she will make a statement. (127336)

UN Security Council Resolution 1737 introduced sanctions targeted at the most sensitive elements of Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. European Union Foreign Ministers decided in January to implement the measures broadly. We hope that these sanctions, and any further measures introduced as a result of discussions currently under way in the Security Council, will persuade Iran to suspend its enrichment-related, reprocessing and heavy water related activities which will permit a resumption of negotiations. There are signs that UN sanctions are beginning to influence the internal debate within Iran.