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European Union Slaps Sanctions On Dozens In Iran, Won’t Add Revolutionary Guards To Terror List For Now – I24NEWS

‘It is something that cannot be decided without a court… decision first. You cannot say I consider you a terrorist because I don’t like you’

The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on dozens of Iranian officials suspected in the “brutal” crackdown on the anti-regime unrest, but did not add Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to its terror group blacklist.

At a meeting in Belgium, EU foreign ministers agreed to target a government minister, regional governors, and lawmakers with sanctions – from travel bans to asset freezes.

Relations between the 27-nation bloc and Tehran have deteriorated during stalled efforts to revive talks on its nuclear program. The EU has been increasingly critical of the ongoing violent treatment of protestors and the transfer of Iranian drones to Russia for its use in its invasion of Ukraine.

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Sweden, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said the bloc’s foreign ministers meeting in Brussels “adopted a new package of sanctions against Iran, targeting those driving the repression.”

The European Parliament also called on the EU to list the IRGC as a terrorist entity, blaming it for the clampdown on the protests now into their fourth month. 

Click here for an Explainer on Iran’s IRGC.

At least four people have been executed since the demonstrations began. At least 519 people have been killed and more than 19,200 others arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran.

But the EU ministers did not move forward with blacklisting the Guards.

“The Iranian regime, the Revolutionary Guards, terrorize their own population day after day,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told Monday’s meeting.

But the EU’s top diplomat said a court ruling with a concrete legal condemnation had to first be handed down in a member country before applying such designation.

“It is something that cannot be decided without a court… decision first. You cannot say I consider you a terrorist because I don’t like you,” Josep Borrell said.

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