The European Union prepares more sanctions against the Iranian regime for the persecution and death sentences against protesters

FILE – In this photo taken in Tehran on Oct. 1, 2022 by a non-employee of The Associated Press and obtained by AP outside Iran, several Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested by moral police. (AP Photo/Middle East Images, file) (Uncredited/)

The European Union (EU) prepares a new round of sanctions against the Iranian regime for internal repression against protesters who participate in the multiple pro-democratic protests after the death in custody of the young woman Mahsa Amini last september.

As confirmed by diplomatic sources to Europe Pressthe Twenty-seven plan to adopt new measures against Tehran ahead of the bloc’s meeting of foreign ministers next Monday, in some restrictions that will be framed in the regime of sanctions for Human Rights violations.

In this way, the EU will redouble the pressure against the Iranian regime after the latest cases of arrests and death sentences against demonstrators in the context of the massive protests that have taken place in the country in recent months. Humanitarian organizations estimate that more than 500 protesters have died from the violent repression of the protests.while Tehran has applied the death penalty against four people and more than a hundred risk death sentences.

At a press conference this Monday in Brussels, the EU Foreign Affairs spokesman, Peter Stano, pointed out that the situation in Iran will be on the ministers’ agenda next week, indicating that “unfortunately” the events in Iran “are not in the right direction.”

Stano recalled the latest rounds of sanctions approved by the Twenty-seven against internal violence by the Iranian authorities and for its military support for Russia, to which it supplies kamikaze drones that Moscow uses in the war in Ukraine, and pointed out that the EU always remains open to expanding these measures based on the evolution of events.

After the exchange of drones, the regime of Vladimir Putin will send to Iran several Russian Su-35 fighter-bombers in the spring, as well as missile defenses and helicopters.

An activist displays a picture of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi during a march in support of Iran's anti-government protesters, in Strasbourg, France, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
An activist displays a picture of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi during a march in support of Iran’s anti-government protesters, in Strasbourg, France, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias) (Jean-Francois Badias/ )

The Persian deputy Shahriar Heidaria member of the National Security and Foreign Policy commission, anticipated in statements to the semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim that the delivery will take place at the beginning of the next Persian year, 1402, which begins on March 21.

The Iranian press had previously reported the upcoming delivery of 24 fourth-generation twin-turbine fighters that will be destined for Isfahan 8 Air Base in the center of the country.

These would be the first fighters purchased by Iran since the acquisition in the 1990s of Russian MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters. and they are part of the military cooperation agreements recently signed by Moscow and Tehran.

The nuclear deal is blocked

Likewise, the Foreign Affairs spokesman referred to the situation in which the negotiations are in to obtain the return of the United States to the nuclear agreement with Iran, as well as the full respect on the part of Tehran.

In Stano’s words, the pact “is not dead” but he has admitted that the talks are “stranded.” “Efforts to break the blockade continue but the situation that accompanies it, the persecution of protesters, executions and military support for Russia does not make it easy,” he said, insisting that the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, maintains continuous contact with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hosein Amirabdolahian.

With information from Europa Press and AP

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