The government expects to announce sanctions on further Iranian entities and individuals at a European Union foreign ministers' meeting on December 1, the Foreign Office said.

We are discussing wide-ranging sanctions (on) Iran with partners in the EU, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

France said earlier it had proposed to EU partners a halt to oil imports from Iran, which is at odds with the West over its nuclear programme.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Mohammed Abbas)