EU to Impose More Sanctions Against Iran Drone, Missile Makers

Thu Apr 18 2024
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BRUSSELS: The leaders of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday agreed to impose fresh sanctions on Iran’s drone and missile producers over its attack on Israel last weekend, said EU chief Charles Michel.

The European Council president at an EU summit in Brussels said that the body has decided to put in place sanctions against Iran, a clear signal that it wanted to send.

He said the aim of the action is to target the firms that are needed for the drones, for the missiles.

Iran conducted a drone and missile onslaught against Israel over the weekend, which caused little damage, as most of the projectiles were intercepted.

This was Iran’s first-ever direct attack on Israeli soil which came in response to a deadly attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus blamed on Israel.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will determine how to respond to Iran’s assault as international powers called for restraint and avoid escalation.

The EU leaders in their statement from the summit have called upon all parties to show the utmost restraint and to refrain from any action that may increase regional tensions.

The EU has already placed sanctions on Iran over its supply of drones to Russia for its war in Ukraine, but they have little impact on cutting the ties between Moscow and Tehran.

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