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European Union agrees to expand sanctions against Iran

European Union foreign ministers agreed in principle on Monday (22) to expand sanctions on Iran following Tehran's missile and drone attack on Israel, said the bloc's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell.

The European Union already has several sanctions programs against Iran for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human rights abuses and the supply of drones to Russia.

But several EU countries have called for increasing the drone-related sanctions regime to involve missiles and transfers to other forces such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

“We have reached a political agreement to broaden and expand the existing drone (sanctions) regime to cover missiles and their potential… transfer to Russia,” Borrell told reporters after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Sanctions will also be expanded beyond Russia to cover drone and missile deliveries not only to Russia but also to proxies in the region, he said.

More work will be needed to approve a legal framework before the expansion of sanctions can take effect.

Source: CNN Brasil

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