EU places fresh sanctions on Iran over protest crackdown

The European Union announced a new round of sanctions against Iran on Monday at a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers. Some 37 Iranian individuals and organizations

will be banned from traveling to the EU and subject to an asset freeze, Reuters news agency reported. The move is the EU's fourth round of sanctions on Iran since

widespread protests emerged after 23-year-old Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini died in the custody of the morality police last year. "The EU strongly condemns the brutal and

disproportionate use of force by the Iranian authorities against peaceful protesters," said Tobias Billstrom, the Foreign Minister of Sweden, which currently holds the EU's

rotating presidency. Previous EU sanctions targeted 146 individuals and 12 organizations, including members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), in response to

the police crackdown on protesters and subsequent executions. Iran warns of 'reciprocal' measures after terror designation Earlier, on Wednesday, members of the European

Parliament voted to include the IRGC on its terror list in "light of its terrorist activity, the repression of protesters and its supplying of drones to Russia." However,

ahead of the meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said any such terror listing would first require approval from a court.

"It is something that cannot be decided without a court, a court decision first. You cannot say I consider you a terrorist because I don't like you," Borrell told reporters in

Brussels.