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EU Imposes Sanctions On Iran

January 23, 2012 by  

EU Imposes Sanctions On Iran

Following the U.S. move to tighten sanctions on Iran late last year, the European Union has moved to ban the import of all Iranian crude oil and petroleum products — a measure that may lead to the Iranians closing the vital Strait of Hormuz.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a joint statement in response to the EU decision to impose further sanctions on Iran:

An excerpt from the statement reads:

Our message is clear. We have no quarrel with the Iranian people. But the Iranian leadership has failed to restore international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. We will not accept Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran has so far had no regard for its international obligations and is already exporting and threatening violence around its region.

Following the European sanctions, the United States imposed sanctions on Iran’s third-largest bank, Bank Tejarat, for providing financial services to several Iranian banks and firms already subject to international sanctions for involvement in nuclear activities.

Amid dealing with heavy sanctions, Iran has warned if the country closes the Strait of Hormuz, the United States should not intervene.

“If America seeks adventures after the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, Iran will make the world unsafe for Americans in the shortest possible time,” Mohammad Kossari, deputy head of parliament’s foreign affairs and national security committee, told Fars news agency a day after U.S., French and British warships sailed back into the Gulf, according to Reuters.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Vigilant

    Iran can kiss its Navy goodbye if it attempts to block the Strait.

    It will not result in an all-out boots-on-the-ground war with Iran. It’s time Obama showed a little moxie and counters anything Iran does in the Strait.

    Israel will thwart the nuclear ambitions of Iran when the time is right.

    • Mark in LA

      If Iran wants to build a bomb there is nothing anybody can do short of a massive nuclear strike or massive invasion. Iran can build deeper than any bunker buster bomb can penetrate. Iran can put all its computers on a local network in the bunkers. We didn’t even have computers when we made our first bomb.

      • cawmun cents

        All these claims you make could be true.However,you cannot live in an underground bunker forever.Eventually you will come to the surface to get some fresh air.Thats when the Mussad,or some even more deadly operation comes into play.You try to breathe and they bury you,if they can find enough pieces.Nobody wants to live that way.Better to let those guys pick you off.

  • Raggs

    I wonder who is paying Iran to do this ?… My bet is king oblama…

  • Raggs

    saul alinsky style “CRISIS” and the next posters on here that do not believe me, well you are as stupid as you need to be for voting for a king.

  • JimH

    U.S., British and French ships sailed back into the gulf.
    How come Mohammad Kossari threatened to make the world unsafe for only Americans? Don’t the French or Brits count?
    Why aren’t the other members of the EU involved? If Italian naval Captains are as good as their cruise ship captains maybe we don’t want them in the way.

  • simian pete

    Those Iranians have antiship missiles and very silent submarines. Very dangerous situation ….

    What’s wrong with Iran shutting down the Strait of Hormuz ? Didn’t the oil companies find more oil in the Dakotas !!! Let ‘em shut the oil down, who cares !!!

    If the European leaders are so concerned, let them send their navies down their to Iran. Europeans are just a bunch of paper tigers !

    • cawmun cents

      yes but they dont have satellite control in space,or an airforce that can hit any target land,sea,and air with near impunity.
      They risk going down as another one of those nations that tried and failed to take on the power of the U.S.The air power alone on one of those carriers can lay waste to their entire nation.
      Carriers do not go alone,they have task forces,above in the air,and below in the sea,guided misslie Aegis Destroyers,and Cruisers,not to mention the efficiency of our smat weapons.Its a lose for them to attack us.

  • s c

    The Iranians need to do to their “leader” what Iraq should have done to theirs. If Iran wants to participate in the real world, they need to put a short leash on their non-leading ‘leaders’ and their fallible religious “leaders.”


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