Today, Tuesday, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the US, British and European sanctions against it, and said that Tehran reserves the right to respond to them.
Yesterday, Monday, the United States of America, Britain and European Union countries announced a series of new sanctions against officials and entities in Iran, including the leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, against the background of the protests that the country has been witnessing for 4 months.
“The Islamic Republic will soon announce a list of new sanctions against human rights violators in the European Union and England,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said in a statement.
Kanani added that the sanctions are evidence of the West’s mental inability to properly understand the Iranian realities, stressing that the Western sanctions against some Iranian officials are evidence of their despair, frustration and anger at the failure of the recent campaign against the Iranian people, he said.
Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian called on all European countries to move away from what he described as unconstructive and illogical positions, and not to take steps that could have serious repercussions, as he put it.
The Iranian minister added, in a statement, that if European countries take a decision against a sovereign institution such as the Revolutionary Guards, they will witness a strong and influential response from Tehran, as he put it.
Iran accuses Western powers of fomenting unrest that followed Amini’s death, which security forces met with violence that led to deaths.
Yesterday, Monday, the US Treasury stated that the new sanctions included the Cooperative Foundation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and 5 members of its board of directors, in addition to the Deputy Minister of Intelligence and Security, and 4 senior leaders of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran.--
And the ministry stated, in a statement, that the measure, which was taken in coordination with Britain and the European Union, targets a major economic pillar of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.-
Britain also announced a new package of sanctions against more Iranian individuals and entities, and denounced what it called the violence practiced by the country’s authorities against its people, including the execution of the British-Iranian citizen, Ali Reza Akbari, on January 14.
The new British sanctions include asset freezes and travel bans and target two entities and 5 officials, including Ahmad Fazelian, Iran’s deputy public prosecutor.
The sanctions imposed by Britain on Monday also include Kumruth Heydari, commander of the ground forces of the Iranian army, and Hossein Najat, deputy commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well as the Basij militia and Salar Abnoush, its deputy commander.
Britain will thus have imposed 50 new penalties against Iran since the death of the young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of the morality police last September, according to the Foreign Office.
For its part, the Swedish presidency of the European Union said that the EU foreign ministers had approved a new package of sanctions against Iran.
And she added, in a tweet on Twitter, that the sanctions against Iran target those who lead the repression, as she put it.
The Swedish presidency stated that the European Union strongly condemns what it called the brutal and disproportionate use of force by the Iranian authorities in the face of peaceful demonstrators, without further details.