Britain backs US Iran sanctions, vows new UN push

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LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) Britain said today it backed Washington's decision to impose new sanctions on Iran and vowed to take the lead in pulling together a third round of United Nations Security Council sanctions.

''We endorse the US administration's efforts to apply further pressure on the Iranian regime,'' a Foreign Office spokesman said.

''We are prepared to lead the way to a third resolution of sanctions and at the same time support tougher European Union sanctions.'' In a bid to pressure Tehran to halt its nuclear programme, the United States earlier designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and its elite Qods force a supporter of terrorism.

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