Iran has declared that it reserves the right to respond by describing the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) and the UK regarding Mahsa Emini’s death and the protests that started in the country afterward, as “baseless, unlawful and interference in its internal affairs”.
According to Iran’s official news agency IRNA, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kenani made a statement regarding the latest EU and UK sanctions against Tehran.
Kenani stated that they condemned the sanctions imposed on Iranian individuals and institutions, which he described as “baseless, unlawful and interference in Iran’s internal affairs”.
Iran rejects latest European Union sanctions; warn you will reply https://t.co/S7rf4xU4sc
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Kenani, who accuses European countries of “deviating from reason and seriousness with the dependence of sanctions”, said that with this wrong approach, the interaction between Iran and Europe has narrowed.
Kenani stated that Iran will take the necessary measures against sanctions and added, “We also reserve the right to respond to them.” used the phrase.
EU and UK sanctions on Iran over protests in the country
In their separate statements yesterday, the EU and the UK announced that they had imposed sanctions on Iranian individuals, including two ministers, due to the death of Mahsa Emini and the interventions in the demonstrations that started after.
Britain had decided to sanction 24 Iranian officials, including the Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, Isa Zarepur, on the grounds that they were responsible for human rights violations.
Subjecting citizens to mass persecution, let alone capital punishment, is unacceptable. Freedom of speech & demonstration are fundamental rights. This is why the Council, at the initiative of Belgium and others, is adopting new sanctions against Iran. https://t.co/rPMtvTUEdX
— Hadja Lahbib (@hadjalahbib) November 14, 2022
The EU also announced that it has imposed new sanctions on 29 Iranian people and 3 organizations, including the Minister of Interior Ahmed Vahidi, due to the interventions in the demonstrations in Iran.
The EU and the UK announced last month that they are imposing sanctions on Iranian individuals and organizations involved in the protests.
Iran, on the other hand, decided to impose sanctions on 9 high-ranking British officials and some institutions, one of which was a minister, on October 19, and on 12 European individuals and 8 organizations, including members of the European Parliament, on October 26.
Anadolu story with additional story by Global Village Space news desk.