New European Sanctions Against Iran



By Sigrid Weidenweber

With the exception of the Wall Street Journal, you probably would not read this news item in another newspaper. We all remember the loud clamor of disdain when President Trump removed America from the Iran accord. Because of Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran, the EU refrained from imposing sanctions on the regime, even though the rogue state had undertaken attacks and assassinations in Europe. However, on Tuesday, January 9, 2019 the EU, in a giant leap for justice, implemented new sanctions on Iran.

Why apply sanctions now, you might ask, after maligning President Trump savagely for pulling out of the flawed accord?

Well, it seems Trump was right. He saw the regime for what it is—a rogue Muslim nation dedicated to hostile actions and terror. Tehran even attempts assassinations in the midst of the kowtowing European Union, that myopically refuses to acknowledge the flaws in Obama’s accord. But there is always a price to pay for sticking one’s head in the sand and pretend everything is well. Retribution comes swift and furious.

The most vocal politician to challenge the EU is Dutch Foreign Minister Blok. He accuses Tehran of trying to kill Iranian opposition figures in the Netherlands. Brussels finally could not ignore Iran’s hostile actions any longer. Although, the EU block still would like salvaging the unenforceable nuclear deal, it did sent diplomats representing the major EU countries to Iran to convey their concerns.

Some European officials have expressed the need for stronger sanctions against Iran in alliance with the USA. They understand that Iran’s ballistic missile tests and its military involvement in Yemen and Syria are an affront that requires a harsh response.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok is the first official to name names and openly speaks of the plots against Iranian opposition leaders in Denmark and France. Criminal sanctions in the cases in question are underway and further sanctions might follow.

On Thursday, January 10, 2019 an opinion piece in the WSJ states that over the summer EU authorities prevented a bomb attack on Iranian dissidents in Paris that was conceived in coordination with Iranian intelligence, a group that works throughout the European continent. Denmark, in conjunction with France and the Dutch government also accuses Iran of plots violating their sovereignty.

*In preparing this article, facts from a report by Laurence Norman in the WSJ were included.

 Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on

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