Gordon Brown issued a new warning today that Iran could face tougher sanctions unless it gives up its nuclear weapons ambitions.
As major rallies continued in Tehran on the 31st anniversary of the Iranian revolution, the Prime Minister said the patience of the wider world was "not inexhaustible" and the question of stepping up sanctions against the regime had to be a consideration.
Arriving at an EU summit in Brussels, he commented: "This is a critical time for Iran's relationship with the rest of the world and also for the Iranian regime's relations with its own people.
"Iran can either pursue a civilian nuclear programme and earn the respect of the international community, or it can move ahead with a nuclear weapons programme, trample on human rights and be on the wrong side of history."
He went on: "I want dialogue with Iran, but the patience of our countries is not inexhaustible and we are stepping up discussions with other countries.
"It is not what we want to do but we are having talks on stepping up sanctions.
"Iran has got to face the choice of being part of the international community, with a civilian (nuclear) programme, and be respected by the international community, or do what they are doing - put themselves outside the international community and face tougher sanctions.
"The mood around the world now is one where people are turning to specific sanctions we can place on Iran".Reuse content