Officials say France wants more Iran sanctions

Officials say France has asked the European Union to consider new sanctions against Iran over recent missile tests, in a request made just days after the EU ended sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.

Two officials from European Union nations tell The Associated Press that the request came last week at a meeting of 28 EU foreign ministers.

That was two days after the EU and the US lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for UN certification that Iran had crimped its nuclear programs.

Neither the French government nor the European Union responded to AP requests for comment by late Wednesday. The two officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

The disclosure came as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Paris Wednesday to build post-sanctions business and diplomatic ties.



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