At Last, Serious EU Sanctions Against Iran

If the European Union’s execution is as good as the rhetoric, then its latest round of economic sanctions will finally put more than token pressure on Iran over its nuclear-weapons program.

Until this week, the EU has focused on trying to prevent nuclear proliferation by restricting the export to Iran of nuclear and dual-use technology. But as the EU’s ever-growing list of Iranian front companies and shell corporations attests, this was always a losing game.

With Monday’s sanctions, the EU has followed the U.S. in directly targeting Iran’s refined-petroleum products. The measures, made public Tuesday, bar the sale of equipment to Iran for use in its refining, liquified natural gas or exploration and production industry.

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