Tehran is retaliating again, in the wake of a wave of European Union sanctions. Iran on Tuesday added 13 entities and individuals from the EU and 23 from the France, the United Kingdom and Germany to its sanctions list. Tehran added "the following individuals and entities of the EU regime and the United Kingdom to its sanctions list, for supporting terrorism (...), interfering in the country's internal affairs and inciting violence and unrest in Iran," Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

Iran's sanctions include financial measures and a ban on issuing an entry visa, according to the ministry. The sanctions list includes several military companies as well as ministers and parliamentarians from various European countries and MEPs, including French Minister for Gender Equality Isabelle Rome, Belgian MEP Frédérique Ries and German MEPs Roderich Kiesewetter and Renata Alt.

Cascading sanctions

In France, these measures also target the Minister for Industry, Roland Lescure, the ecologist candidate for the 2022 presidential election, Yannick Jadot, and the defense group Thales. On Monday, two Iranian ministers and 30 others were sanctioned by the European Union for cracking down on protests sparked in Iran by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini.

Iran had announced on 25 January a series of sanctions against 25 individuals and entities from the European Union and nine from the United Kingdom, in response to the sanctions imposed by the latter two days earlier.

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