The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the actions of the European Union and the British government regarding imposing sanctions on a number of Iranian human rights and legal entities.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said in a statement, “The actions of the European Union and the British regime are evidence of their mental inability to properly understand Iranian realities,” stressing that “Iran reserves the right to respond in kind to such failed policies.”
He stressed that “the European and British actions against some Iranian officials are evidence of their despair, frustration and anger at the failure of the recent campaign against the Iranian people.”
Kanani added, “Of course, they know very well that the sanctions will not affect the Iranian people’s determination to deal with foreign interference and conspiracies,” stressing that “Iran will soon announce a list of sanctions against human rights violators and promoters of terrorism in the European Union and Britain.”
The European Union had agreed to impose new sanctions on Iranian officials suspected of being involved in suppressing demonstrators during protests in the country at the end of last year.
For its part, Britain announced “a new package of sanctions against Iranian officials,” condemning “the violence practiced by the country’s authorities against its people, including the execution of the British-Iranian citizen, Ali Reza Akbari.”
The British sanctions package included the freezing and travel ban of the assets of Hussein Nejat, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the freezing of the assets of the commander of the Iranian army’s ground forces and the deputy commander of the Basij forces, and their travel ban, in addition to freezing the assets of the Iranian Basij forces.
Last Wednesday, members of the European Parliament voted by majority in favor of passing a resolution calling on the European Union and its member states to include the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps on the Union’s list of terrorist organizations.
This decision comes against the background of what the European Parliament described as a “brutal suppression of the protests” that followed the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, in mid-September, after she was detained by the morality police on charges of not wearing the veil properly.
In response to the decision, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards warned that “the steps taken by Europe will make its military forces a legitimate target for the Revolutionary Guards, as is the case with ISIS and the US army, which are included in the Iranian terrorist list.”
Iranian cities witnessed several large-scale protests, following the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, inside a police headquarters, after she was arrested on the grounds of “inappropriately wearing a headscarf” by the country’s morality police, on September 16.
Protesters in Tehran and several Iranian cities also set fire to police stations and vehicles over the past period, and chanted anti-authority slogans, which resulted in deaths and injuries among security forces and demonstrators.
Several countries condemned what they called the “acts of repression” carried out by the Iranian security forces against the demonstrators, while Iran’s leaders confirmed that there was a plot pushed by the West to stir up sedition in the country.