EU Imposes New Sanctions on Iran for Alleged Assassination Plans
These are the first sanctions against Iran since the nuclear accord was implemented three years ago.
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The European Union announced on Jan.8 fresh sanctions on a unit of the Iranian intelligence agency and two individuals over alleged assassination plots, BBC reports.
The EU accuses them of attempting or carrying out attacks within several European countries.
Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said on Tuesday that his country’s secret service had “strong indications” that Iran was involved in the assassination of Dutch nationals in Almere in 2015 and in The Hague in 2017.
In a statement, he said the two murdered men were of Iranian origin and had been opponents of the Iranian regime. The Netherlands previously expelled two Iranian embassy workers in connection with the deaths.
The sanctions puts the individuals and intelligence unit on the EU terrorist list, freezing their financial assets.
“Very encouraging that (the) EU has just agreed on new targeted sanctions against Iran in response to hostile activities and plots being planned and perpetrated in Europe, including Denmark,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen wrote on Twitter.
The “EU stands united — such actions are unacceptable and must have consequences,” he said.
Tehran denies the claims and says the accusations are intended to damage relations between Iran and the EU.
“Europeans, incl Denmark, Holland and France, harbor MEK—who killed 12,000 Iranians and abetted Saddam’s crimes against Iraqi Kurds—as well as other terrorists staging murder of innocent Iranians from Europe. Accusing Iran won’t absolve Europe of responsibility for harboring terrorists,” Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said in a tweet.