News ID: 324459
Published: 0323 GMT October 07, 2022

Iran vows response to EU meddling

Iran vows response to EU meddling

International Desk

The Islamic Republic of Iran has warned some European countries against meddling in Iran’s internal affairs under the pretext of Mahsa Amini’s death and the subsequent protests. “Should the European Union takes an action in order to provoke rioters, we will respond in kind,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian emphasized.

Meanwhile, according to a report released by the Iranian Legal Medicine Organization, Amini’s death was not caused by the alleged blows to the head or vital body organs.

While Europeans claim that they are supporting the rights of protesters in Iran, Tehran’s clear warning serves as a response to the EU’s interference in Iran’s internal affairs.

The European Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution calling for an independent investigation into Amini’s death, sanctions against the perpetrators, and punishment of individuals involved in what they call “repression” of the recent protests in Iran.

In a meddlesome comment, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who acts as the coordinator of the Vienna talks, said that the members of the bloc will consider “all options”, including slapping restrictive measures on Iran. He intends to discuss the issue during the next meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers, scheduled to take place on October 17. But restrictive measures, as Borrell intended, do not entail the imposition of sanctions.

Such stances come at a time when crowds gathered in some European countries during the past few days have damaged Iran’s embassies. For instance, a rioter recently entered the Iranian Embassy in Denmark, threatening the ambassador and damaging properties.

Slamming the European Parliament’s measure, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said that the resolution embodies “unilateral and baseless prejudices against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” which makes it “null and void and worthless.”

“Based on mutual respect and interests, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for bilateral interaction with all parties, but it will resolutely stand against any attempt to exercise pressure or resort to restrictive measures against the Iranian people and will give a reciprocal and proportionate response,” Kanaani emphasized.

Moreover, Iran’s foreign minister warned European countries against attempting to capitalize on Iran’s internal affairs in separate phone calls with his Italian counterpart and Borrell.

“If the European Union takes a hasty political action based on unfounded accusations and in order to provoke rioters and terrorists who have targeted the lives and property of the Iranian people, we will respond to it in kind,” Amir-Abdollahian told Borrell on the phone.

Borrell, in return, said the EU does not seek to undermine its ties with Iran.

Amir-Abdollahian also talked with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and he warned of retaliation if the EU takes “uncalculated action”.

“Based on our own laws, we are committed to pursuing the death of one of our children, and accurate and fair investigations continue to that end. At the same time, we are upset about the positions and interference of some European officials in the recent incidents. If the EU seeks to engage in dual behavior and take any hasty and uncalculated action, it should await the Islamic Republic of Iran’s effective retaliatory measures,” he said.

The top diplomat stressed that Iran would not allow countries with abysmal records to interfere in its internal affairs with a “human rights gesture”.

Despite the European Parliament's interventionist resolution, attempts to link the protests in Iran with the negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal – JCPOA –  failed.

“Attempts to use Iran protests to suspend the JCPOA talks backfired spectacularly today in the European Parliament,” said Foreign policy adviser to Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Eldar Mamedov, noting that the amendment was defeated by 469 votes against and 88 in favor.

On the other hand, Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian representative to the JCPOA talks in Vienna, predicted that negotiations to revive the multilateral deal would resume in mid-November.

Along with the EU, the U.S. administration has continued its anti-Iran policies and imposed new sanctions against the Islamic Republic under the pretext of supporting the rights of protesters in Iran.

On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury issued a statement to put Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, Communications and Information Technology Minister Issa Zarepour, and a number of Iranian military officials on its sanctions list.

 

   
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