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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Could Face EU Sanctions

PARIS -- European leaders are considering their own economic sanctions against Iran over its refusal to forgo parts of its nuclear program, France's foreign minister said, indicating that penalties imposed by the UN have not been effective.

Bernard Kouchner, speaking Sunday on RTL radio, also warned that the international community had to be prepared for the possibility of war in the event that Iran obtains atomic weapons.

The United States, its European allies and other world powers suspect Iranian authorities of seeking nuclear weapons, though Tehran insists its atomic activities are aimed only at producing energy.

Negotiations and two sets of UN Security Council sanctions have failed to persuade Iran to stop its uranium enrichment program, a process that can produce fuel for nuclear power plants as well as material that could be used in atomic weapons.

Kouchner called for "more effective sanctions" against Iran if it continues to resist the demand.

"We have decided, while negotiations are under way ... to prepare for eventual sanctions outside the United Nations, which would be European sanctions," he said.

Kouchner was not specific about what penalties Europe might impose, other than to say they could be "economic sanctions regarding financial movements."