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Further sanctions against Iran undecided: EU spokesman

01-12-2012 21:28 BJT

BRUSSELS, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) has not decided on further sanctions against Iran, an EU spokesman told Xinhua on Thursday.

Michael Mann, spokesman of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, denied earlier reports that the EU would postpone oil import ban against Iran for six months and the petrochemical product ban for three months, because the EU needs to receive repayments in oil for debts currently owed by Iranian firms.

"There is no truth in any of this. It's nonsense," Mann told Xinhua over the phone. "Nothing has been decided yet. You can't postpone something that hasn't even been agreed yet."

"There are all sorts of things still being debated, such as when things will come into force and so forth. So it's impossible to talk about things being delayed. That's simply not true," he said.

Mann said they would have "a new package of sanctions to agree on" by Jan. 23 when EU foreign ministers meet.

"We're still discussing on what terms any sanction would be. There is far too much useless speculation out there," he said.


Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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