Iranian FM responses to EU sanctions on Iran's morality police, minister



Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian reacted on Monday to the European Union (EU)'s new sanctions on Tehran, calling them "superfluous" and "an unconstructive act out of miscalculation."

The EU on Monday issued sanctions against 11 individuals and four entities in Iran over their role in the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for wearing "unsuitable attire" and fell into a coma while in detention.

"The EU today adopted further superfluous sanctions on Iranian persons. It is an unconstructive act out of miscalculation, based on widespread disinformation. Riots and vandalism are not tolerated anywhere; Iran is no exception," Abdollahian said on Twitter.

The sanctions were issued against those believed to be responsible for Amini's death including Iran's morality police and two of its key figures, Mohammad Rostami and Hajahmad Mirzaei.

The EU has sanctioned the Iranian Law Enforcement Forces and a number of its local chiefs. Issa Zarepour, Iran's minister of information and communications technology, is also on the sanctions list.

Measures consist of a travel ban and an asset freeze. In addition, EU citizens and companies are forbidden from making funds available to the listed individuals and entities.

The list now comprises 97 individuals and eight entities, the Council of the EU said in a statement following a meeting of the member states' Foreign Affairs Ministers.