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EU leaders endorse sanctions against Iran

(Xinhua)

08:09, January 31, 2012

BRUSSELS, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) leaders on Monday endorsed the latest restrictive measures against Iran.

The leaders of the 27-member bloc briefly touched upon foreign relations during the summit held in Brussels, mentioning sanctions adopted by the EU Foreign Ministers on January 23 .

"The door is open to Iran to engage in serious and meaningful negotiations, and I confirm the EU's commitment to continue to work for a diplomatic solution, in accordance with the dual-track approach," said Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council.

The Foreign Ministers of the EU imposed sanctions against Iranian oil exports and central bank, a move aimed to ramp up pressure over the country's much disputed nuclear program.

The EU countries' "already concluded contracts" with Iran were allowed to continue until 1 July 2012.

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