Germany and other EU members want to expand Iran sanctions
Iran has countered European sanctions with its own, over the European Union's alleged involvement in destabilizing the Islamic Republic
By News Desk - November 07 2022

The German political magazine Der Spiegel reported that Germany and eight other EU member states are planning the expansion of sanctions against Iran.

The report, published on 5 November, highlights a sanction package containing 31 proposals for new sanctions, which have been leaked by undisclosed sources.

The new measures, similar to old measures, would introduce the freezing of assets and travel bans for individuals close to the Iranian government.

According to the magazine, the new sanctions could be approved as soon as 14 November during the next meeting of EU foreign ministers.

While the German government did not comment on the matter, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock, took charge in the course of the EU against Iran.

“A state that treats its own citizens with such inhumanity, there can be no business as usual in bilateral relations,” she said in late October while commenting on the nationwide protests which have gripped Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini.

The European bloc was already planning to impose travel bans and asset freezes on over a dozen Iranians involved in the crackdown of violent street protests that followed the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who fell into a coma in the hours after being detained by Iran’s Moral Security Police last month.

“If Europe misses taking the nuances of the current situation into consideration, the ramification will be grave and the bilateral relations may not survive it,” a letter sent to a group of EU ambassadors reads, according to POLITICO.

Iran has since countered the sanctions with its own, sanctioning 12 individuals and eight institutions associated with the European Union.

In a statement released by Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these
“institutions and individuals in the EU have been placed on the Iranian sanctions list for supporting and inciting terrorism and violence and spreading hatred that caused riots and violence against the Iranian people.”

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