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Iran condemns EU and UK for ‘human rights violation’

Iran announced on Tuesday that it would respond to EU and UK sanctions, pledging to target individuals and entities in the West who “violate human rights”.

Tehran said it “strongly condemns” new sanctions imposed by Brussels and London in response to the regime’s violent crackdown on protesters.

He warned that retaliatory measures would soon follow.

“The Islamic Republic will soon announce a list of new sanctions against human rights violators from the EU and England,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said in a statement. .

“The action of the European Union and the British regime is a sign of their mental inability to properly understand the realities of Iran,” Kanaani was quoted as saying by Iranian news agency IMNA.

“They are against the authorities of the Islamic Republic,” he added.

At a meeting in Brussels, the EU imposed sanctions on more than 35 Iranian officials and organisations, blaming them for the “brutal” crackdown on the unrest and other human rights abuses.

The list included four commanders and 12 units of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, which many observers believe hold the real power in Iran.

However, the bloc failed to place the Guard on its list of terrorist organizations, despite a request from the European Parliament.

“A court decision is necessary” to start this process, declared the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.

Brussels also cited Tehran’s supply of Iranian-made drones to Russia, which Moscow has used to cripple Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

The United States and the United Kingdom have issued new sanctions against Iran, reflecting a deterioration in the West’s already dire relationship with Tehran.

Tensions between London and Tehran skyrocketed last week after the execution of Iranian-British national Alireza Akbari in Iran for alleged “espionage”.

Observers said Akbari’s hanging could indicate a power struggle within the regime, as he was part of a group that wanted authorities to make more concessions to protesters.

The sanctions are the latest response to Iran’s deadly crackdown on the unrest, sparked by the death of young Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in police custody in September.

Four months into the anti-government unrest, the US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency says 516 protesters have been killed, including 70 children.

The latest figures from the group put the number of those arrested at more than 19,200, including 687 students.

Systematic rapes and sexual assaults of female protesters have been reported in detention centers across Iran.

The EU has already imposed an asset freeze, visa ban and ban on receiving EU funds on more than 60 Iranian officials and entities due to the regime’s crackdown on protests.

On December 12, Iran sanctioned the British intelligence service MI5, British military officials as well as German political figures in retaliation for previous sanctions.

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the Persian department of Radio Free Europe have also been sanctioned by Tehran.

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