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Iran slaps fresh sanctions on EU, UK, in tit-for-tat move

Tehran blocks access to its banks, issues travel bans after Western nations penalize regime for crackdown on protests

Protesters wave the Lion and Sun flag as they take part in a protest in front of the Iranian consulate in Frankfurt am Main, on December 16, 2022. (Daniel Roland/AFP)
Protesters wave the Lion and Sun flag as they take part in a protest in front of the Iranian consulate in Frankfurt am Main, on December 16, 2022. (Daniel Roland/AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Wednesday imposed sanctions on 34 individuals and entities from the European Union and Britain in reaction to similar measures taken over Tehran’s response to months-long protests.

The measures come two days after the EU and Britain slapped another round of sanctions on Iran, which has been rocked by protests since the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini.

Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, died in custody after being arrested for allegedly breaching the country’s strict dress code.

The sanctions include financial measures — the blocking of accounts and transactions in Tehran’s banking systems — and the “prohibition of visa issuance and entry” to Iran, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Tehran accuses the people and organizations of “supporting terrorism and terrorist groups, instigating and encouragement to terrorist acts and violence against Iranian people.”

It also accuses them of “interference in the domestic affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and fomenting violence and unrest.”

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, October 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Middle East Images)

Sanctions include 25 listed names from the EU and nine from Britain.

France’s Radio J, the group European Friends of Israel (EFI), and 22 individuals including six members of the European Parliament are among those targeted.

The list also includes the Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan, who burned a copy of the Quran in Sweden on Saturday, sparking strong protests from the Muslim world.

Iran had warned of reciprocal action on Tuesday, after the EU imposed its fourth round of sanctions against the country since the protests started, placing 37 more officials and entities on an asset freeze and visa ban blacklist.

Britain on the same day sanctioned five more Iranian officials, broadening its blacklist to 50 individuals and organizations it considers to be involved in dealing with the protests.

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