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Belgium to implement EU sanctions on Iran

BRUSSELS, Sept 6 (KUNA) -- Belgium's Foreign Ministry announced here Monday that it took a number of initiatives to assure an efficient implementation of European sanctions on Iran.
The EU on 27 July agreed on extra sanctions on Iran which go beyond the fourth round of UN sanction adopted in June to pressure the Islamic Republic to stop its enrichment activities.
The EU sanction target Iran's finance, banking, transport and energy sector as well as an asset ban and a travel freeze on more than three dozen companies and individuals.
"It is essential that measurements are applied in a consistent way, and in a uniform way, on all territory of the European Union, including therefore Belgium. This requires an optimum coordination of the Belgian authorities - federal and regional - which are competent for the implementation of the measures," said the Belgian foreign ministry in a statement here this evening.
The statement noted that measures relating to the transport by sea must be applied in a consistent way in all European harbours, including therefore in all Belgian harbours.
The implementation of sanctions by different Belgian entities will be the object of an exchange of information between Belgium and its European partners, it added.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines office in the Antwerp port city of Belgium is included in the EU's blacklist. (end) nk.bs KUNA 062113 Sep 10NNNN