By Joanne Bladd
Foreign ministry says ban aims to draw attention away from Middle East human rights abuses
European Union's decision to impose travel bans and asset freezes against 32
Iranian officials is an attempt to distract attention from the abuses carried
out by Western states, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told state-run Press TV the EU
measures show the bloc is incapable of adopting measures independent from
are] an attempt to divert attention from the numerous cases of human rights
violations committed by Western governments in their own countries and in
countries in the region,” he told the news agency. “[The West] must revise its
double-standard policies toward other countries.”
sanctions affect the head of Iran’s prosecutor’s office and police. The 32 are
charged with being complicit or responsible for directing or implementing grave
Iran said last week it had stopped refuelling Western-owned passenger planes in
retaliation for European-bound Iranian planes being barred from refuelling.
decision by European oil companies appears to support Western sanctions against
Iran over its nuclear programme, though are not included in the measures.
Sanctions imposed by the United States, however, do target gasoline and jet
fuel supplies to Iran.