Iran imposes 'tit-for-tat' sanctions on EU, UK individuals, entities

TEHRAN, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on a number of individuals and entities of the European Union (EU) and Britain for "supporting terrorism and inciting violence and unrest" in Iran.

The Iranian flag flies in front of the UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021. (File photo: via China Daily)

The move came as a "tit-for-tat" action, the ministry said in a statement published on its website, citing their interference in Iran's internal affairs, dissemination of false information about Iran and participation in cruel sanctions against Iranians as further reasons for imposing the sanctions.

The sanctions, covering three EU entities and 22 individuals, one British entity, and eight incumbent and former officials, will prohibit the targeted individuals from obtaining visas and entering Iran and will freeze their assets and bank accounts inside Iran, according to the statement.

French Minister Delegate for Cities and Housing Olivier Klein, Member of the European Parliament Dietmar Koster, Attorney General for England Victoria Mary Prentis and the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service Richard Billing Dearlove are among the sanctioned individuals.

On Monday, the EU imposed sanctions on more than 30 Iranian officials and organizations, including units of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, for their response to the recent protests in the country. Britain and the United States also announced new sanctions on Iran on the same day.

Protests erupted in Iran after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in a Tehran hospital on Sept. 16, 2022, a few days after her collapse at a police station. Iran has accused the United States and some other Western countries of "inciting riots and supporting terrorists" in the country.