Iran Sanctions EU, UK Individuals

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry imposed retaliatory sanctions on individuals and entities from the European Union and the UK.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that the EU and UK individuals and entities were blacklisted because of “supporting terrorism and terrorist groups, instigating and encouragement to terrorist acts and violence against Iranian people, interference in domestic affairs of Iran, fomenting violence and unrest in the country, dissemination of false information about Iran and participation in the escalation of cruel sanctions against Iranian people as an economic terrorism.”

It added that Iran condemns the measures of the EU and Britain to support, facilitate and deny from countering the destructive acts of aforementioned individuals and entities, which are in violation of international obligations regarding combating terrorism, Press TV reported.

The ministry emphasized that the acts of those individuals and entities imposing and exacerbating cruel sanctions are “obvious violation of fundamental principles of international law set forth in the United Nations Charter.”

It added that all relevant Iranian organizations and institutions, consistent with the regulations adopted by the related authorities, “will take appropriate measures, which are blocking of accounts and transactions in the Iranian financial and banking systems, blocking of assets within the jurisdiction of the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as prohibition of visa issuance and entry to the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for effective implementation of the above-mentioned sanctions.”

Among the 11 EU individuals and one entity who face the travel ban and asset freeze, include Frank Haun, the chairperson of Krauss-Maffei; Flourian Seibel, the co-founder and CEO of Drone-Robotics Quantum-Systems as well as a number of lawmakers from Germany, France and the European Parliament.

The ministry also announced sanctions against three British entities and six individuals, including Alan Mendoza, the founder and the executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, and Admiral Benjamin John Key, a senior Royal Navy officer.

Tehran slammed London and Brussels for supporting, facilitating, and failing to counter the destructive acts of the sanctioned individuals and entities, noting that such measures are in contravention of international obligations regarding the fight against terrorism.

Iran’s retaliatory measure came on the same day that the European Union and the UK imposed new sanctions on a number of Iranian individuals and entities over alleged human rights violations, despite the fact that the failure of such a policy has been proven many times over the past years.

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