Iran has threatened retaliation against the European Union, Britain, and other Western countries after they imposed new sanctions on the country. The sanctions come in response to Iran’s alleged human rights abuses, including the execution of political prisoners and restrictions on freedom of expression.
In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran would “respond firmly to any action that violates international law and threatens its interests.” He added that the new sanctions are politically motivated and would only serve to increase tensions between Iran and the West.
Zarif also warned that any retaliation by Iran would be “commensurate with the hostile measures taken by the other side.” He did not provide any specifics as to how Iran would respond.
However, analysts have suggested that Iran’s retaliation could come in the form of increased support for regional proxy groups, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, or even cyberattacks. Iran has also threatened to further reduce its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, which could lead to a new escalation of the nuclear crisis.