EU slaps new sanctions against Iran for assassination plots
Wednesday, 9 January 2019 11:30 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

The European Union imposed its first sanctions against Iran since the nuclear accord was implemented three years ago, as European diplomats warned their Iranian counterparts that the bloc wouldn't tolerate further alleged Iranian attacks and assassinations in Europe.

Tuesday's sanctions, which add two Iranian individuals and a unit of the Iranian intelligence services to the bloc's terror list, follow alleged plots against Iranian opposition figures in Denmark and France. The targets' assets will be frozen and other restrictions put in place.

The move comes as the EU faces conflicting pressures over ties to Iran, with the bloc seeking to salvage the nuclear deal while confronting hostile Iranian behavior in its region and beyond. Some European officials back U.S. calls for a tougher response to Iran™s ballistic missile tests and its role in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, but the bloc is split on that.

Source: Marketwatch

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