FM spox: Iran mulls counter-sanctions over newly-imposed EU bans
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh the Islamic Republic is considering reciprocal sanctions on EU in reaction to new bans imposed on several Iranian individuals and entities by the European Union while suspending all talks with the bloc in various fields.
The Iranian official made the remarks on Monday after the European Union announced it has imposed sanctions ranging from travel bans to asset freezes on eight Iranian individuals, including the chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami, and three prisons on baseless human rights-related grounds.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is considering reciprocal sanctions in reaction to the EU’s measure, whose details will be announced later,” the spokesman said, adding, “Iran strongly condemns this measure and considers it as lacking any credebility.”
“Without a doubt, such measures have no value as they have been taken by false preachers of human rights, who have remained silent on the basis of political motives and only expressed regret in the face of the violation of Iranian people’s rights under inhumane and illegal US sanctions, and even agreed to them,” Khatibzadeh said.
He added that new EU bans will only bring more disgrace to those who abuse such lofty concepts as human rights.
“In reaction to this EU measure, the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran stops all comprehensive talks with the European Union, including human rights discussions, as well as all forms of cooperation emanating from those talks, especially in the fields of terrorism, illicit drugs and refugees,” Khatibzadeh said.
This came after four days of talks between representatives of Iran and the remaining parties to a landmark nuclear deal between by Iran and world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ended in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Friday.