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Iran could face new EU sanctions after the attack on Israel

The EU could impose new sanctions on Iran following Tehran’s direct attack on Israel, several diplomats said on Monday evening after talks between members’ envoys.

The issue is likely to be discussed this Tuesday at a video conference of foreign ministers convened by the bloc’s top diplomat Joseph Borrell.

It comes after Iran attacked Israel directly on Saturday for the first time in the Islamic Republic’s history, in retaliation for the killing of senior Iranian officers in Syria early this month.

New punitive measures could be imposed through a sanctions regime imposed after Iran began supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine by supplying Moscow with drones. The measures banned the export of components used for the construction and production of unmanned aerial vehicles to Iran.

However, the diplomats say the risk of escalation could argue against new tough sanctions. Borrell wants to continue trying to convince Iran to return to compliance with an agreement to limit its nuclear program, in an effort to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

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The video conference organized in response to the Iranian attack on Israel aims to discuss how the European Union can contribute to de-escalation in the region. Ministers are likely to strongly condemn the Iranian attack and emphasize the EU’s support for Israel’s security.

Ministers are also likely to urge restraint and recall that Brussels is demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. In this context, unhindered humanitarian access to the civilian population suffering in the Gaza Strip is also considered necessary, diplomats said on Monday evening.

Iran attacked Israel last weekend with hundreds of drones and missiles, but almost all of them were intercepted. It remains unclear how Israel will respond.

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