Iran has imposed a round of sanctions on dozens of European Union (EU) and British officials and entities over their support and instigation of recent deadly riots in the country over their meddlesome statements about the Islamic Republic’s internal developments and support for terror in Iran.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, following approvals from relevant authorities, within the framework of related legislations and sanctions mechanisms and in a tit-for-tat move, applies sanctions to a number of the EU and British entities and individuals over their deliberate support of terrorism and terrorist groups, and their incitement to terrorism, violence and hatred, which have caused unrest, violence, terrorist acts and violation of human rights against the Iranian nation,” spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Nasser Kana’ani, said in a statement on Monday.
The statement added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran reminds the EU and UK of their obligations, and considers the European Union’s and the British government’s support, assistance and failure to counter the actions of these individuals and entities as a violation of their international obligations. Iran, therefore, holds them responsible and accountable in this regard.”
Among the four sanctioned British individuals and 13 entities with travel bans and asset freezes are Royal Air Force Menwith Hill, the United Kingdom Naval Support Facility in Bahrain, the British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF), the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, British Minister of State for Immigration Robert Jenrick, Chief of the Defense Staff Admiral Sir Antony David Radakin, and UK Defense Senior Advisor to the Middle East, and North Africa Air Marshal Martin Elliot Sampson.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry also announced sanctions against ten EU officials as well as five institutions, among them Radio Farda – the Persian-language service of the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Amsterdam-based and Persian-language Radio Zamaneh, French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, German Liaison Officer to the US Joint Staff Lieutenant Colonel Michael Trautermann, Member of the European Parliament Hannah Neumann, and French politician Bernard Kouchner.
Foreign-backed riots have hit various Iranian provinces since 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini died at the hospital on September 16, three days after she collapsed at a police station. An investigation has attributed Amini’s death to her medical condition, rather than alleged beatings by the police.
The violent riots, meanwhile, have claimed the lives of dozens of people and security forces, while also allowing terrorist attacks across the country. In the last two months, the terrorists have set fire to public property and tortured several Basij members and security forces to death.
On October 26, a Daesh-affiliated terrorist attacked the Shah Cheragh shrine in the southern province of Fars before the evening prayers, killing at least 15 pilgrims — including a woman and two children — and injuring 40 others.
At least seven people were also killed after terrorists opened fire at people and security forces at a crowded market in Khuzestan province’s Izeh around sunset on November 16.