The European Union plans to impose sanctions on dozens of Iranian individuals as part of its designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, as a “terrorist organization.” Tehran has issued stern warnings about the consequences of such a move.

Citing European diplomats, the news agency Reuters said on Thursday that the EU is going to bring 37 people from Iran under new sanctions next Monday. “We are going to announce a fourth package of sanctions against Iran on Monday,” a senior European official told the news agency.

The European Union is going to impose this ban on the excuse of foreign aided violence centered on the death of a woman who was recently arrested for violating the hijab law in Iran. “We basically started working on the fifth package of sanctions when we decided to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization,” another European diplomat told Reuters.

The European Parliament passed a bill last Wednesday calling on member states of the 27-nation bloc to add the IRGC to the EU’s list of terrorist groups. Tehran issued a stern warning to Brussels about the consequences of the move. Iran says that the EU’s move amounts to blatant interference in Iran’s internal affairs.

(January 20/ES)