The possibility of new European Union sanctions against Iran to punish the hardline regime for terror plots in France and Denmark could set the course for a more unified Western policy toward Tehran’s non-nuclear threats, according to a regional expert.
European diplomats agreed Monday to consider targeted sanctions on Iranians after representatives from France and Denmark traveled to Brussels this week to brief foreign ministers on the foiled attacks, according to Reuters.
The EU has been hesitant to consider sanctions over Iran’s destabilizing actions in Europe and the Middle East amid uncertainty over the nuclear accord’s future after President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in May.
“Although it is far too soon to say, and at present, unlikely, new EU penalties against Iran have the potential to set the predicate for a more united Western policy on Iran’s non-nuclear threats,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Washington Free Beacon.
“Whatever the fate of the JCPOA, Iranian malign activity at home and abroad must be challenged,” he added, using the initialism for the nuclear deal’s official name. read more