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Iran hits back on EU sanctions

Reuters

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech on June 4, 2017.

ReutersBRUSSELS (Reuters) — Iran said on Wednesday that it would reciprocate after the European Union added two Iranian individuals and an Iranian intelligence unit to the bloc’s terrorist list.

EU ministers agreed on Tuesday to add the names to the list and freeze their assets, effective from Wednesday, as the Netherlands accused Iran of two killings on its soil and joined France and Denmark in alleging Tehran plotted other attacks in Europe.

The move although in part symbolic since one of the men is in prison in Belgium, marked the first time the EU has enacted sanctions on Iran since lifting a host of curbs on it three years ago following its 2015 nuclear pact with world powers.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi called the EU’s actions “illogical” and “surprising.”Speech

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