The jamming by Iran of foreign satellite broadcasts into its territory and interruption of Internet access are pushing European Union patience to the limit.
The EU foreign ministers say they are determined to ensure Tehran abides by its International Telecommunications Union commitments. The interference dates from late last year, with Iran’s surge in political unrest.
Going into a meeting in Brussels, Finland’s foreign minister talked about action. Alexander Stubb said: “With Iran, time is running out really fast. I have said it before: we should now work on real sanctions through the Security Council. Failing that, we should move to unilateral EU sanctions. I think everyone is fed up with the Iranian government.”
Diplomats have suggested that sanctions could include blocking European manufacturers’ export to Iran of equipment that makes it possible to intercept email and mobile phone conversations.
Washington is leading efforts to impose tighter United Nations sanctions on the Islamic Republic to make it renounce its uranium enrichment programme.