Iran vows counter-sanctions vs EU, UK

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran vowed Tuesday it will respond to new sanctions imposed by the European Union and United Kingdom over its handling of months-long protests triggered by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini.

The EU and UK on Monday slapped another round of sanctions on Iran which has been rocked by protests since the 16 September death of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who had been arrested for allegedly breaching the country’s strict dress code for women.

Iran’s warning of tit-for-tat measures comes after relations deteriorated sharply, with the EU and Britain ramping up sanctions over the authorities’ response to the protests.

“The move by the European Union and the British regime is a sign of their mental inability to properly understand the realities of Iran, as well as their confusion regarding the authority of the Islamic republic,” foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani said.

He said Iran “reserves the right to reciprocate against such failed policies and will soon announce the list of new sanctions against human rights violators and promoters of terrorism in the European Union and England.”

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