close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Hillary Clinton welcomes EU, Australia sanctions against Iran

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Australian and European sanctions against Iran, saying she hoped they would influence Iran to take a "more constructive course."



Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Australian and European sanctions against Iran, saying she hoped they would influence Iran to take a
"more constructive course."

"These measures are part of the international community`s vigorous effort to build upon UN Security Council Resolution 1929 and address Iran`s noncompliance with its international obligations," Clinton said in a statement.

"They send a clear message to Iran`s leaders: uphold your international responsibilities or face growing international isolation and consequences."

Clinton reiterated that Washington and its allies "are committed to engaging Iran in pursuit of a diplomatic resolution to the international community`s concerns regarding
Iran`s nuclear program and other issues.

"We hope that Resolution 1929 and these additional measures will affect the strategic calculus of Iran`s leaders and influence them to take a more constructive course."

The new European Union sanctions, imposed yesterday, include a ban on new investment, technical assistance and technology transfers to Iran`s huge gas and oil industry, particularly as regards refining and liquefied natural gas.

The new EU measures also target the Islamic Republic`s transportation, banking and insurance sectors and slap new visa bans and asset freezes on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Australia`s sanctions apply to Bank Mellat, a major
financier of Iranian missile and nuclear programs, as well as
a major Iranian shipping line and a "key leader" of the
Revolutionary Guard, General Rostam Qasemi.

New US sanctions imposed Wednesday target insurance
companies, oil firms and shipping lines linked to Iran`s
atomic or missile programs as well as the IRGC and Iran`s
Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi.

The United States has long offered Iran trade and other
incentives in exchange for halting its uranium enrichment
program, which Western powers fear masks a drive to build a
nuclear bomb.

Iran claims its aims are peaceful.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi