EU freezes assets of Iranian central bank


Expressing "serious and deepening" concerns about the Iranian nuclear programme, the EU on January 23 broadened the restrictive measures in place against the country.

The decisions "target the sources of finance for the nuclear programme, complementing already existing sanctions", said the Council of the European Union in a statement.

After days of speculation about the extent of the new sanctions, the council announced a freeze on all assets of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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