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Iran: the United States and the EU will adopt additional sanctions (Obama)

The United States and the European Union will tighten its pressure against Iran, including additional sanctions, said U.S. President Barack Obama during a press conference after the annual summit of US-EU in Washington on Monday.

“We agreed on the need to tighten the pressure against Iran to force it to abandon the development of nuclear weapons (…) in favor of nuclear power, and honor its international obligations,” said Mr. Obama.

At the summit, U.S. President was received at the White House the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton.

The United States and the European Union expressed “deep concern” by the behavior of Iran, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a report Nov. 8 suspecting Iran of have begun to secretly develop nuclear weapons, and not excluding that Iran could develop such a weapon at this time.

Based on this report, the Board of Governors of the IAEA adopted a resolution urging Tehran to open its doors to unrestricted Agency inspectors.

Washington and Brussels have expressed their determination to ensure that Iran meets its obligations and cooperate fully with the IAEA to address concerns about the nature of its nuclear program.

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