Iran imposes fresh sanctions on EU and UK individuals and entities


The Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran has imposed fresh sanctions on a number of individuals and entities of the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) for allegedly “inciting violence in Iran.”

The ministry said in a statement their “interference in Iran’s internal affairs and dissemination of false information about Iran are reasons for imposing the sanctions.”

The ministry slammed the EU and UK for imposing “cruel sanctions” against Iran. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said it was a tit-for-tat move. It imposed sanctions on 22 individuals and three entities from the EU. The ministry also placed eight individuals and one entity from the UK on its sanctioned list.

Under these sanctions, targeted individuals cannot obtain visas and enter Iran. Their bank accounts and assets will also be frozen inside Iran. The ministry accused them of supporting terrorism and inciting unrest in the Islamic Republic.

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Iran imposed sanctions on French Minister Delegate for Cities and Housing Olivier Klein, a member of the European Parliament Dietmar Koster, Attorney General for England Victoria Mary Prentis, German cyber security chief Gerad Biard and the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service Richard Billing Dearlove.

The new move came two days after the European Union imposed sanctions on more than 30 Iranian officials and organisations over the crackdown on protesters in the Islamic Republic. The UK government also imposed sanctions on Iranian individuals in the judiciary, police, the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and Basij Forces.

The United States also announced sanctions on Iranian individuals on the same day. The US imposed sanctions on the IRGC Cooperative Foundation, Deputy Minister of Intelligence and Security Naser Rashedi and four senior IRGC commanders in Iran. The US accused the IRGC of aggressively cracking down on peaceful demonstrations in the Islamic Republic.



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