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About EU sanctions vis-à-vis Iran

Since 2006, the United Nations Security Council has adopted a number of resolutions requiring Iran to stop enriching uranium. These resolutions were progressively accompanied by restrictive measures (sanctions) which defined business activities or engagements that were prohibited. Following the UN's action, the EU adopted restrictive measures (sanctions) aimed at encouraging Iran to act in accordance with its international obligations.

In addition to implementing UN sanctions, during the past decade, the EU adopted a range of autonomous economic and financial sanctions on Iran, including restrictions on trade in several goods, restrictions in the financial sector, measures in the transport sector, along with travel restrictions and asset freezes against certain Iranian individuals and entities. Most of these measures have since been lifted in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), commonly referred to as the ‘Iran nuclear deal’.

Furthermore, the EU has also adopted autonomous sanctions related to serious violations of human rights in Iran, including a ban on exports to Iran of equipment that might be used for internal repression and of equipment for monitoring telecommunications. This set of measures remains in place.

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