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EU's sanctions against Iran unconstructive act, based on disinformation: FM Amir-Abdollahian

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has censured the European Union sanctions levied on Tehran, calling them "superfluous" and "an unconstructive act out of miscalculation."

"Down a well-worn path of ineffective sanctions, the EU today adopted further superfluous sanctions on Iranian persons. It is an unconstructive act out of miscalculation, based on widespread disinformation," Amir-Abdollahian said in a post on his twitter account on Monday.

He emphasized that "riots and vandalism are not tolerated anywhere; Iran is no exception."

His tweet came after the EU imposed sanctions on 11 Iranian individuals and four entities over the country's response to the riots that followed the death of a young Iranian woman in police custody.

The sanctions targeted a section of Iran’s police, the Basij volunteer forces and the cyber division of the country’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

The bloc also listed Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology Issa Zarepour for the internet shutdown.

The coercive measures include travel bans and asset freezes.

Protests over the death of the Iranian woman Mahsa Amini erupted first in her native province of Kordestan and later in several cities, including the capital Tehran. Amini fainted at a police station and was pronounced dead days later on September 16 at a Tehran hospital.

However, some extremist elements derailed the protests and incited violence against security forces. Western-backed media outlets have also encouraged violence. Iran says it will not allow interference in its own internal affairs.

An investigative report by the Iranian Parliament has concluded that Amini’s death was not linked to physical assault and battery.

According to the report, the young woman was neither assaulted during her transfer to the police center in the capital Tehran, where she fell into a coma nor hit while being held there.

Earlier on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani urged European countries to refrain from taking “meddlesome” actions, warning that Tehran would respond in kind to any interference in its domestic affairs.

He added that Tehran would take “a reciprocal and proportional action” in case of interference in its internal affairs.


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