EU mulls tougher sanctions against Iran, Syria, Belarus

(CNN) -- The European Union is set Monday to review sanctions against Iran and Syria for their brutal crackdowns on opposition movements, possibly increasing measures against governments or officials.

It renewed and expanded sanctions on Belarus, it announced as the EU's 27 foreign ministers began their gathering in Luxembourg.

Nearly 200 people were already subject to an asset freeze and travel ban over the "crackdown on civil society and democratic opposition" after the last two presidential elections.

The EU added three companies and 16 individuals to the list of those facing restrictions, and it extended the existing restrictions until the end of October 2012, it announced. It is expected to name them on Tuesday.

The EU is also looking at measures against Syria and Iran.

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