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The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Carlos Costa Neves on Tuesday and expressed the country’s strong protest at the EU’s illegal action to the Portuguese ambassador.

The ministry censured the sanctions as “politically motivated” and said Tehran was considering counter-sanctions against the bloc.

“We will suspend, as we have already announced, all comprehensive talks with the European Union and subsequent cooperation, especially in the fields of terrorism, illicit drugs and refugees,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry added.

The Portuguese ambassador, for his part, said that he would convey the matter to Brussels.

The EU added eight Iranian officials and three entities to its sanctions blacklist on Monday and imposed restrictive measures ranging from travel bans to asset freezes on them over alleged violation of human rights, Press TV reported.