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Amir-Abdollahian: Several EU institutions, individuals to be added to Iran’s sanctions list in coming days

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says several institutions and individuals from the European Union will be included in the Islamic Republic’s blacklist of sanctions, days after some European countries imposed a set of bans on the country under false pretexts.

“In the coming days, the names of several institutions and individuals from the European Union will be added to the sanctions list of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Amir-Abdollahian said at a meeting of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights on Tuesday.

Earlier, Iran had imposed retaliatory sanctions against a number of British individuals and entities for supporting terrorism, inciting violence, and violating human rights.

In a statement last week, Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced that the embargoes on the British individuals and entities were a “tit for tat” move against the sanctions that had been placed by some European countries on Iran.

The statement named three entities and nine individuals that had been blacklisted under the Islamic Republic of Iran's sanctions regime. The entities included the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) as well as Volant Media, Global Media, and DMA Media and anti-Iranian TV channels that they support namely, BBC Persian and so-called Iran International.

The ministry underlined that the measures by the listed entities led to “riots, violence, and terrorist acts” against the Iranian nation.

The EU foreign ministers had decided a week earlier to levy sanctions against 11 Iranian individuals and four entities over the country’s response to the foreign-backed riots that followed the death of a young Iranian woman in police custody.

Mahsa Amini’s death initially triggered peaceful protests, but the gatherings were quickly hijacked by foreign-sponsored rioters, who engaged in deadly acts of violence and vandalism.

In yet another hostile act against Tehran on Thursday, the EU unveiled a new set of sanctions targeting Iran over allegations that it has been supplying drones to Russia to hit Ukraine. 

Both Iran and Russia have denied the allegations.

The bloc said its members would freeze the assets of three individuals and one entity responsible for the alleged drone deliveries.

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