France urges Iran oil purchase freeze, sanctions
21-Nov-2011 (5 comments)

PARIS Nov 21 (Reuters) - France called for new sanctions on an "unprecedented scale" against Iran on Monday in response to Tehran's nuclear programme, urging world powers to halt purchases of Iranian oil and freeze its central bank assets.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent letters to the leaders of the United States, Britain, Germany, the European Union, Canada and Japan proposing the new actions after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) voiced new concerns about Iran's nuclear programme last week.

"As Iran steps up its nuclear programme, refuses negotiation and condemns its people to isolation, France advocates new sanctions on an unprecedented scale to convince Iran that it must negotiate," said a statement from Sarkozy's office.

"France therefore proposes to the European Union and its member states, the United States, Japan and Canada and other willing countries to take the decision to immediately freeze the assets of the Iranian central bank (and) stop purchases of Iranian oil," it added.

Iranian Industry Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari warned on Monday that threats from Western countries to tighten sanctions were only harming their own interests. >>>

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by shushtari on

you're right....the problem is that they don't want to stop raping iran!  they will keep stealing until there's nothing left and iran is left to be like somalia!

so whatever it takes to bring them to their knees.....ordinary iranians are not enjoying iran's wealth right now anyway.....the sooner the akhoonds are crushed the better

and don't worry, they won't be able to keep any of their stolen money once this is all said and done..... 

Sheila K

I don't understand Iranians supporting the sanctions????

by Sheila K on

what is wrong with you all? Mullahs and their families have already transferred their assets to Europe, US and Canada. So the sanctions only hurt those who don't have anything...


Now we are talking

by RostamZ on

Step by step we are getting closer the end of this monster called IRI. I can't wait to see their ugly faces in court.


it's about time....

by shushtari on

that the french step up and try to repent for all their support for the akhoonds over the past 30 years....starting with harboring the devil...aka khomeini is paris, flying him in on an air france jumbo, allowing assassins to kill wonderful iranians such as shahriar shafiq, shapour bakhtiar, and general gholamali oveissi....about time....

G. Rahmanian

Thank You, Mr. Sarkozy!

by G. Rahmanian on

While at it, please close down the Iranian embassy aka the den of regime's murderers, in Paris.