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About EU sanctions vis-à-vis Iran

Since 2006, the UN 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 action by the UN, EU restrictive measures (sanctions) were adopted in order to encourage Iran to act in accordance with its international obligations.

In addition to implementing UN sanctions through the adoption of EU law, during the past decade, the EU imposed a wide 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 which might be used for internal repression and of equipment for monitoring telecommunications. This set of measures remains in place.

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