New US sanctions on Iran “wake up call for Europe”

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On Sunday 4 November 2018, new US sanctions targeting Iran’s oil and gas sector will take effect, following the US’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

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This move has taken on a new political significance in Europe following the attempted assassination of an Iranian national on Danish soil by the Iranian intelligence services. Now Denmark has added its voice to growing calls for the EU to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

 

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) calls on the EU to take responsibility and join the US to face this dangerous regime. UANI board member and former Foreign Minister of Italy Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata said:

 

This latest wave of sanctions should be a wake-up call for politicians in Europe to take a stand against the aggression of the Iranian regime. Every day, European companies are providing a lifeline to a regime which is engaged in human rights abuses of its citizens, terrorist financing abroad, and which remains intent on acquiring a nuclear arsenal. The continued support of European governments of the obsolete Iran nuclear deal makes the world a more dangerous place by giving Iran a commercial lifeline. Europe must stop shirking its responsibility, and take action to prevent companies from propping up this dangerous and volatile regime.

 

UANI Chairman Senator Joe Lieberman and CEO Ambassador Mark Wallace welcomed the announced re-imposition of a second round of sanctions on Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism:

 

A policy of maximum pressure is needed to force Iran into making real, substantive changes to its behavior. The imposition of a full and complete economic blockade will force Tehran to recognize that it can no longer satisfy the needs of the Iranian people while also spending tens of billions to fund global terrorism and its nuclear program. We encourage the Trump Administration to fulfill the promise of a maximum pressure campaign – no exceptions – until Iran permanently and verifiably changes its behavior. Oil and gas firms, including those from friendly countries like India, South Korea and Japan, should not be granted sanctions waivers. Similarly, financial entities – including SWIFT – must sever ties with Iranian banks and financial institutions.