Iran blacklists EU, UK officials, entities for sponsoring terrorism

The Iranian Foreign Ministry imposed fresh sanctions on dozens of European Union (EU) and British officials and entities for supporting terrorism.

The updated list of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s sanctions, released on Wednesday, includes three EU institutions and 22 individuals as well as one British entity and eight incumbent and former officials, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The individuals and entities have been sanctioned for supporting terrorism and terrorist groups, instigating and encouraging terrorist acts and violence against Iranian people, interfering in domestic affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, fomenting violence and unrest in Iran, dissemination of false information about Iran and participation in the escalation of cruel sanctions against the Iranian people as economic terrorism, the ministry said.

The statement also condemned the EU and the UK’s move to support and facilitate the destructive acts of the targeted individuals and entities as a violation of international obligations regarding combatting terrorism.

The people and entities on the list of the sanctions will be denied visa to visit Iran, their accounts and transactions in Iranian financial and banking systems will be blocked, and their assets within the jurisdiction of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be blocked as well.

The EU entities and individuals sanctioned by Iran include Radio J based in France, European Friends of Israel (EFI) – a Brussels-based organization of European parliamentarians, Bau Heberger construction company, French Minister Delegate of Cities and Housing Olivier Klein, German MEP Dietmar Koster, Commander of German Detachment in Jordan Timo Heimbach, Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) parliamentary group in the Hamburg Parliament Dennis Thering, Dortmund Police Chief Gregor Lange, head of German Army’s Cybersecurity Center Tim Zahn, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo,

The British individuals and entities sanctioned by Iran are Henry Jackson Society, UK Attorney General Victoria Prentis, Solicitor General for England and Wales Michael Tomlinson, former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove, and Chief of the General Staff of UK Patrick Sanders.