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Iran Expresses Anger Over New Sanctions By US, UK, And Canada

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Iran has issued a condemnation of new sanctions imposed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada against several Iranians and companies following Iran’s military actions against Israel this month.

Nasser Kanaani, the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, criticized the measures and the concurrent resolution passed by the European Parliament which criticizes Iran’s actions and calls for increased sanctions.

Kanaani accused several European countries of aligning with what he described as the “cruel policies” of the US government.

They followed an unprecedented Iranian attack on Israel when Tehran sent 350 plus drones and missiles towards Israel, mostly intercepted by Israel and a US-led coalition. Tehran said the attack was retaliation for an alleged Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus.

The recent sanctions target more than a dozen entities, individuals, and vessels linked to Iran’s efforts in advancing its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capabilities, which the US Treasury Department says supports Iran’s military engagements, including actions in Ukraine and against Israel.

Brian Nelson, the Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, highlighted the destabilizing role of Iran’s Ministry of Defense, accusing it of aiding hostile activities across the region and beyond.

Furthermore, the European Parliament’s resolution also pushes for the designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, citing long standing concerns over Iran’s malign activities. The resolution calls on EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell and the EU Council to consider similar designations for Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy in Lebanon, the biggest and wealthiest of Tehran’s regional terror groups.