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28 Sep, 2009 21:02

“Stricter sanctions against Iran might become reality”

More countries are becoming alarmed about Iran’s nuclear program, so stricter sanctions against the country might be just around the corner, said Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress.

“I think that if the Iranians are not forthcoming, you will have stricter sanctions than you have now. Even if the UN Security Council does not approve them, the European countries and the United States can tighten their financial markets and make it very difficult for them to have access to money around the world,” Korb said.

”I think the turning point was when Sarkozy of France and Brown from Britain were even more strident than President Obama was about what the Iranians are up to. I think that is a key thing. And the fact that the Russians said that they are willing to consider sanctions is also a message to Iran that you better be careful,” he added.

On Monday, the Iranian national media announced that the country has successfully launched a Sajjil and Shahab-3 missiles with a range of up to 1200 miles, which make them capable of striking Israel and parts of Europe.

This is the third round of tests since Sunday, while tensions are growing about the country’s nuclear program. Earlier, Iran announced that it was constructing a second uranium enrichment plant.

All the news has created a new context for the country’s meeting with six world powers in Geneva scheduled for October 1.