Iran blacklists EU officials and entities for inciting terrorism
Tehran sanctioned several media outlets, a French mayor, and parliament members.
Several European Union officials and organizations have been blacklisted by the Iranian government, mainly because of their views on ongoing protests in Iran that Iran claims amount to “inciting terrorist acts”.
Most sanctions relate to recent developments regarding the weeks-long protests last month following the death of a young girl in custody. Others deal with Tehran’s repeated grievances over the bloc’s officials, member states, and issues that have led to longstanding political disputes.
On Wednesday, the Iranian foreign ministry announced that it had placed sanctions on 12 individuals as well as eight organizations for their “intentional acts in supporting terrorist and terrorist groups, inciting terror, and propagating violence, hatred, which has led to riots and violence, and violation of the human right of the Iranian nation”.
These sanctions include an Iranian embargo on entry and visas for individuals, as well as the confiscation of any assets they might have in Iran.
Friends of Free Iran, the International Committee in Search of Justice and Stop the Bomb are two of the targeted entities. These informal groups make up the European Parliament. They also advocate sanctions against Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. Tehran insists that it will not seek them.
France’s RFI and Germany’s Deutsche Welle both offer Persian-language services. This enables Iran to push back against foreign-based
The Karl Kolb, Rhein Bayern Fahrzeugbau, and other companies were listed as having “supplied chemical gases and weapons to Saddam Hussein,” the late Iraqi ruler. They are believed to have used them against the emerging Islamic Republic in the eight-year conflict that began in 1980 with the invasion of Iraq.
Martine Valleton, the mayor, of Villepinte (a commune in the northeastern Paris suburbs) was also among those targeted. French authorities claimant a plot to bomb a rally of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian terrorist group, had been discovered. Asadollah Assadi was an Iranian diplomat who worked in Germany at the embassy of Iran to Austria. He was later sentenced in Belgium.
These measures are the first time Iran has sanctioned EU officials or institutions. This comes in response to sanctions imposed by the bloc earlier this month on Iran’s morality police and other members of Iran’s so-called morality force. The sanctions were aimed at reprimanding their role in the “brutal suppression” of protests in Iran that began 40 days after Mahsa Amini, 22 years old, was taken into custody.
Separately, Iran previously blacklisted British organizations and individuals in retaliation to their protest-related sanctions.
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