Britain to urge EU to intensify Iran sanctions: Hague

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Britain is to urge the European Union to intensify economic sanctions against Iran following the storming of the British embassy in Tehran, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday.

Hague, who is meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels, added that the EU had shown "tremendous solidarity" with France, Germany and the Netherlands all recalling their ambassadors from Iran after Tuesday's attack.

"At the meeting we're having today, I will be advocating an intensification of economic sanctions on Iran, particularly to increase the isolation of the Iranian financial sector and to intensify sanctions," Hague told BBC radio.

Britain on Wednesday ordered the closure of the Iranian embassy in London and also evacuated all UK diplomatic staff from Tehran in response to the attack.

Tuesday's protests in Tehran were originally called to vent anger over Britain's announcement last week it was halting all transactions with Iran's financial system, including its central bank.

Iranian officials this week retaliated by passing a law to expel the British ambassador within days.

© 2011 AFP

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