“EU criticism could signal tougher approach on Iran nuclear issue”

“EU criticism could signal tougher approach on Iran nuclear issue”
June 15 & 16, 2009
     While the US has been relatively cautious in its response to Iran’s disputed election and subsequent protests, France, Germany and Britain are leading the EU in criticizing Tehran for its repression of demonstrators and are calling for the election results to be reexamined. Daniel Rackowski is quoted as saying that because the US is expected to take charge of future multilateral talks with Iran, the EU now has more leeway to be critical of Tehran (Reuters). UK Foreign Minister David Miliband expressed concern over the effects of the election controversy on nuclear talks and urged Tehran to respond to calls for negotiations (Financial Times).
     Adam Cohen calls the response “stronger than usual” relative to the EU’s traditional role of mediating between Iran and the US. An unnamed EU official speculates that the EU may take a tougher approach against Iran on the nuclear issue, adding that while sanctions are not yet on the table, possible policy responses could be discussed if Tehran continues its crackdown on protestors (Wall Street Journal). Iranian officials have criticized the US and the EU for questioning Iran’s elections (ISNA, Fars News Agency).
Reuters | Financial Times | Wall Street Journal | ISNA | Fars News Agency

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