November 10, 2022 | Foreign Policy

If Europe Wants to Sanction Iran, It Knows What to Do

United Nations sanctions are already on the books—they just need to be reactivated.
November 10, 2022 | Foreign Policy

If Europe Wants to Sanction Iran, It Knows What to Do

United Nations sanctions are already on the books—they just need to be reactivated.

Excerpt

As Europe considers another round of sanctions targeting Iran for its deadly crackdown on protesters and the supply of arms to Russia, there is a ready sanctions tool already in place, whose activation would send an unmistakable message to Tehran. Britain, France, and Germany, as original participants in the Iran nuclear deal, have the power to take the most important step of all: the snapback of United Nations sanctions that are already on the books.

Beginning in 2006, the U.N. Security Council imposed escalating international sanctions and restrictions on Iran out of concern for its growing nuclear and missile activities. An arms embargo prohibited the transfer of arms and conventional weapons, including drones, in and out of Iran. A missile embargo restricted the same for missile-related systems and components. Multiple U.N. resolutions called on Iran to halt activities related to nuclear enrichment and banned Tehran from testing nuclear-capable missiles. Additionally, the Security Council established an international sanctions list of individuals tied to Iran’s nuclear and missile activities and encouraged the regime’s isolation on the world stage.

Richard Goldberg is a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He served on Capitol Hill, on the U.S. National Security Council, and as the governor of Illinois’s chief of staff. Twitter: @rich_goldberg. Andrea Stricker is the deputy director of the nonproliferation and biodefense program and a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Twitter: @StrickerNonpro. FDD is a nonpartisan research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.

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International Organizations Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran Nuclear Iran Sanctions Sanctions and Illicit Finance