The EU extended on Thursday the only remaining sanctions it has against Tehran, related to human rights violations, by a year until April 2019, Reuters said. The sanctions include asset freezes and travel bans against 82 people and one entity, as well as a prohibition of exports of equipment that “could be used for internal repression and monitoring telecommunications.” The UN said in March that Iran “had arrested activists and political opponents in a clampdown on freedom of expression.” The EU is preparing for a clash over whether to impose a new set of penalties in the hope of safeguarding a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran. US President Donald Trump has given a May 12 deadline to “fix” the 2015 nuclear accord. Otherwise, he threatened not to extend US sanctions relief on Iran related to the agreement.
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