Iran’s foreign minister calls EU sanctions ‘regrettable’

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian briefs the press at his headquarters in Tehran on April 14, 2024.  (Atta Kenare/AFP)
Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian briefs the press at his headquarters in Tehran on April 14, 2024. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

European Union sanctions announced following Iran’s attack against Israel are “regrettable” because the country was acting in self-defense, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian posts on X.

Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel in what it said was retaliation against a suspected Israeli bombing of its embassy compound in Damascus.

On Monday, EU foreign ministers agreed in principle to expand sanctions on Iran by agreeing to extend restrictive measures on Tehran’s weapons exports of any drone or missile to Iranian proxies and Russia.

“It is regrettable to see the EU deciding quickly to apply more unlawful restrictions against Iran just because Iran exercised its right to self-defense in the face of Israel’s reckless aggression,” Amir-Abdollahian says, before calling on the EU to apply sanctions on Israel instead.

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