On Monday, the European Union agreed to impose new sanctions on Iranian officials “suspected of their involvement in suppressing demonstrators” during protests that took place in the country at the end of last year.
The European bloc (which includes 27) countries imposed three rounds of sanctions on Iranian officials and organizations, including government ministers, army officers and morality police.
The sanctions came against the background of issues related to human rights, and in response to the suppression of protests that erupted in Iran in mid-September following the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini.
And that while she was in detention at the “morality police” concerned with monitoring women’s dress codes, according to the Associated Press.
In the context, the “Iran Daily” website revealed that the latest package of European Union sanctions targeted “37 Iranian officials and entities.”
In turn, Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy coordinator, who presided over the meeting today.
And ruled out the possibility of “including the Revolutionary Guards on the European list of terrorism.”
Pointing out that the decision “needs a judicial decision by one of the member states, condemning the IRGC for committing terrorist acts.”
He added, in press statements, “It is not possible to decide on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, without a court decision first.”
European officials fear that putting the Revolutionary Guards on the “blacklist” will end the bloc’s slim hopes of reviving the Iranian nuclear deal.
Which has been suspended since the administration of former US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018.