EU Affirms Iran Sanctions, Wants Progress in ‘Deeds’

European Union governments will go ahead with sanctions against Iran even though some “progress” was made in nuclear talks between major world powers and Iranian officials yesterday, the EU said.

“The sanctions will go ahead on July 1,” EU foreign affairs spokesman Michael Mann told reporters in Brussels today. “We always keep our sanctions regime under review but they can only be changed, our sanctions, in response to concrete deeds on the ground. We don’t alter our sanctions based on words, only on deeds.”

At talks in Baghdad yesterday, Iran for the first time agreed to discuss “concrete things” relating to the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, Mann said.

“We put concrete proposals on this 20 percent question and the principle of reciprocity to encourage Iran to do what we would like,” Mann said. He called it “encouraging” that the major powers, represented by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, will meet again with Iranian officials in Moscow on June 18-19.

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