Thursday, April 13, 2017

Iran condemns extension of EU sanctions over rights issues

Iranian foreign ministry on Wednesday slammed a recent extension of anti-Iran sanctions by the European Union (EU) as a "politically-motivated" move, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the repetitive and improper trend of double-standard and politically-motivated approaches and instrumental use of human rights by the EU, including the extension of unilateral sanctions under the pretext of human rights violations (in Iran)," said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi.

The EU has no true understanding of the human rights situation in the Islamic republic, Qasemi said, in reaction to the EU decision to extend its sanctions against Iran until April 2018 over alleged claims of "serious human rights violations."

The extended sanctions included travel ban and an asset freeze on 82 Iranians and one entity.

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