European leaders threaten Iran on Friday saying they will back new sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programme.
In a draft statement in Brussels, the leaders of the 27 European Union nations announce their readiness to back moves by the United States, Britain and France for fresh measures at the UN Security Council.
"Iran's persistent failure to meet its international obligations and Iran's apparent lack of interest in pursuing negotiations require a clear response, including through appropriate measures," the draft document said.
"Consistent with the dual-track approach, the European Union would support action by the UNSC (Security Council) if Iran continues not to cooperate with the international community over its nuclear programme."
In a draft statement expected to be approved at a summit in Brussels, they urged Iran to comply without delay with resolutions by the United Nations Security Council and the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency.
The statement said the council of 27 EU states "expresses its grave concern that Iran has so far done nothing to rebuild confidence of the international community in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme".
While reiterating that the EU remained open to a negotiated solution, the statement added:
"Iran's persistent failure to meets its international obligations and Iran's apparent lack on interest in pursuing negotiations require a clear response, including through appropriate measures."
The text does not use the word "sanctions", and the term "appropriate measures" is used by the EU to refer to sanctions.
The EU leaders said EU foreign ministers would consider options at their next meeting in Brussels on Jan. 21.
Iran says it is working on a civil energy programme and rejects attempts to force it to stop enrichment or farm out enrichment work abroad to fuel a research reactor in Tehran, in a plan pushed by the UN nuclear watchdog.
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