The European Union added two Iranian individuals and the directorate for internal security of the Iranian Ministry for Intelligence to the bloc’s terrorist list, it said in a statement released on Wednesday January 9th.
“These listings have been adopted by the Council as part of its response to recent foiled attacks on the European soil,” Reuters quoted the statement as saying.
National ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday January 8th agreed to the move, which became effective the following day and leads to the freezing of assets.
President Trump, in May 2018, pulled the US out of a multilateral nuclear agreement with Tehran and reintroduced economic sanctions over the Iranian regime’s malign behaviour and ballistic missile programme. France and Germany are leading efforts to ensure Iran does not quit the deal, engineered by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
Having abandoned the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015, the US is trying to cripple Iran’s oil-dependent economy and force Tehran to quash not only its nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile programme but also support for militant proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.