EU puts new sanctions on Iran for nuclear program

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LUXEMBOURG — The European Union, concerned by what it called Iran’s refusal to come clean on its nuclear program, imposed a new range of sanctions today intended to hit the country’s treasury and increase pressure on its Islamic regime.

A leading European satellite provider, meanwhile, took 19 Iranian television and radio broadcasters off the air today — a cutoff due to earlier sanctions. The move prompted accusations of censorship and threats to sue from Iranian state television.

Foreign ministers from the 27 EU countries, meeting in Luxembourg, said Iran was “acting in flagrant violation of its international obligations” and was still refusing to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency to address international concerns.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the ministers had banned the import of Iranian natural gas into EU nations. The EU ministers also agreed to prohibit all transactions between EU and Iranian banks unless they were authorized in advance for humanitarian reasons, the statement said.

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