European Union governments have agreed to bring forward a meeting of foreign ministers due to decide on an oil embargo on Iran by one week to January 23.
An EU statement said the decision was made to avoid a clash with a summit of EU leaders set for January 30, when the meeting was originally scheduled to take place.
EU states have already agreed in principle to an embargo on Iranian oil as part of a Western push to step up pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
The announcement comes after the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency on January 9 confirmed that Iran is now enriching uranium to 20 percent at the Fordow facility, some 150 kilometers southwest of Tehran.
compiled from agency reports