JERUSALEM, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Just a day after the foreign ministers of 27 European Union member states approved a new round of sanctions against Iran, the measures came into force on Tuesday.
The latest package of steps goes further than the recently approved sanctions of the United Nations Security Council. The EU joins Canada and the United States in imposing tougher restrictions than those endorsed by the UN on June 9.
The European decision will affect Iranian banks, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines.
The sanctions include "restrictive measures against Iranian sectors, such as trade, financial services, energy and transport, and certain individuals and companies (visa ban and freezing of assets)," read a statement from the EU Council of Ministers.
After the meeting, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton spoke with the media about the decision.
"We sent quite a powerful message to Iran. Its nuclear program is giving us problems. We invite Iranians to return to the negotiating table," she said.