Brussels has imposed new sanctions on Iran, but has not designated the IRGC as a terrorist group. Britain has summoned an Iranian diplomat over alleged threats to journalists based in its country.
The European Union has imposed new sanctions on several Tehran officials and institutions involved in a violent crackdown on public protests in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
These new sanctions have targeted 32 individuals and two key institutions. This includes the Minister of Civilization and Culture, the Minister of Religious Affairs, the Minister of Education and several other politicians and officials who support the crackdown on the protests.
A total of 196 individuals and 33 entities in Iran will be affected as a result of the latest sanctions. However, the European Union decided against the move to declare Iran’s Special Revolutionary Guard Forces as a terrorist group.
“We in the European Union still have no legal basis to list the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization,” German Foreign Minister Annalina Bierbock said in Brussels after the summit.
Britain added eight new officials to its Iran sanctions list shortly after the EU’s announcements. Britain has also targeted some of the country’s judges in its new sanctions, which London says are involved in human rights abuses.
Iran International TV’s decision to leave London due to threats
In an important development, the British government has summoned Iran’s most senior diplomat in London over serious threats against journalists living in the UK.
Earlier on Saturday, a London-based television station critical of the Iranian government said it had decided to move its studios to the United States because of threats from Tehran. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said in a statement, “I am very concerned about the threats to the lives of journalists based in the UK by the Iranian government and today I have summoned the representative of Tehran to make it clear that he will not be allowed to do so.” It will not be tolerated.”
He said in one of his tweets, “We have also banned government members for their involvement in oppressing and killing Iranian people, including children.” “Iran’s threats will never be left unchallenged.”
Following the advice of London’s Metropolitan Police, Iran International TV has involuntarily closed its studios in the capital London following Tehran-backed threats, according to a statement. According to reports, due to security concerns, the safety of the broadcaster staff and bystanders was not possible, hence the drastic step had to be taken.
Last month, Iran executed a former Iranian deputy defense minister with dual British-Iranian citizenship for spying for Britain.
Protests started again in Iran
Iran has seen a wave of protests in recent months since the death of 22-year-old Mehsa Amini in police custody, sparking unrest across the country.
After a short break in this, the protesters started marching again in several cities of Iran last week. This time the demonstrations began as a protest against the executions of Mohammad Mahdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini, who were hanged in January. According to human rights activists in Iran, at least 529 people have been killed in the protests so far, while authorities have detained more than 19,700 people.
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