Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says Group of Eight leaders meeting next week in central Italy will discuss possible sanctions against Iran.

Berlusconi says the violent crackdown on protests following Iran's election will be at the top of the agenda at the summit July 8-10.

Asked at a news conference in Naples on Monday whether sanctions would be discussed, he said "I believe we will go in that direction."

The meeting was originally planned on the Sardinian island of La Maddalena but was moved to L'Aquila to draw attention to the city that was devastated by an earthquake in April.