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Iranian Oil Sanctions - World Leader Comments

On January 23, 2012, the 27-nation European Union agreed to stop Iranian oil imports by July 1. Three EU countries were among the top 10 importers of Iranian oil in the first half of 2011. Several world leaders and officials have commented on the sanctions.

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Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says his country will take the same action as the European Union and ban oil imports from Iran.
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Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says his country will take the same action as the European Union and ban oil imports from Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the EU move a step in the right direction, but warned it is not possible to know what effect the embargo will have on Iran.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the EU move a step in the right direction, but warned it is not possible to know what effect the embargo will have on Iran.

President Barack Obama praised the European Union oil embargo and said the United States will apply new sanctions as well. The United States and other countries say Iran's nuclear program is aimed at building a weapon - a charge Iran denies.
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President Barack Obama praised the European Union oil embargo and said the United States will apply new sanctions as well. The United States and other countries say Iran's nuclear program is aimed at building a weapon - a charge Iran denies.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the EU embargo Monday, saying unilateral sanctions will not help revive negotiations between Iran and six world powers on the Iranian nuclear program. Those talks have been on hold for a year.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the EU embargo Monday, saying unilateral sanctions will not help revive negotiations between Iran and six world powers on the Iranian nuclear program. Those talks have been on hold for a year.

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