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EU ministers agree on new Iran sanctions after attacks on Israel

EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell

European Union (EU) foreign ministers have agreed to impose new sanctions on Iran that would cover the alleged supply of missiles to other countries and entities following an Iranian military operation against the Israeli regime earlier this month in retaliation for the killing of senior Iranian generals in Syria.

The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that members of the bloc had agreed in principle during a meeting in Luxembourg to expand the EU’s current drone-related sanctions on Iran to cover missiles and their transfers out of the country.

“We have reached a political agreement in order to enlarge and expand the existing drone (sanctions) regime in order to cover missiles and their potential ... transfer to Russia,” Borrell said, adding that the bans would also be expanded beyond Russia to cover alleged supply of missiles to regional groups deemed to be allied to Iran.

He said, however, that the EU must do more work to develop a legal framework to prepare the ground for the implementation of the new sanctions on Iran.

Iran has denied it has supplied drones or missiles to regional groups while reiterating on numerous occasions that drones supplied to Russia that have reportedly been used in its war against Ukraine were delivered to Moscow long before the Ukraine war started in February 2022.

Tehran has also lashed out at the EU for preparing new sanctions because of an Iranian missile and drone attack on Israel in mid-April that was meant to respond to Israel’s bombardment of the Iranian consulate in Syria’s Damascus on April 1.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani had warned earlier on Monday that any move to impose new sanctions on Iran following legitimate attacks on Israel would be viewed as a reward for the occupying Zionist regime.

Kanaani said in a weekly press briefing that new EU sanctions on Iran will go down in history as a “shameful move”.

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