You may have caught the news that the European Union Foreign Ministers met recently – with the outcome clearly pleasing Israel. At their meeting, the Ministers have set to impose the strongest sanctions yet against Iran for it's alleged Nuclear program.
These significant new sanction measures target the areas of energy, banking, trade and transportation, as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. The desired effect in this is to make it harder for them to secure materials for nuclear abilities, and also cripple the government's international activities.
By adopting these measures, the EU is sending the Iranians a very clear message that it is losing ground internationally, and losing time militarily if it does not change it's course of action.
The international community has demanded that Iran abide by it's standards. The ultimatum here demonstrates that Iran will have to pay a price for it's ongoing behavior toward the EU and the UN, and can't play around much longer with stall tactics and with mincing it's words.
Of course more is needed, and may indeed come, as Israel continues to push for both significant and wide-ranging sanctions. Israel wants to see the international community speak loudly with one clear voice. The EU has taken a significant step, but this will need other countries involvement to really make the teeth bite in effectively. We've already seen this a little bit – with Russia backing out of a missile defense sale to Iran, and making other significant withdrawals.
The stated goal of America's Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is to isolate Iran. With this EU action, Iran is certainly a step further away from a good chunk of the world body.
Middle east Correspondent