Both the US and the European Union are considering the possibility of imposing new sanctions against Iran, in the aftermath of the attack which he unleashed Tehran against Israel last Saturday night.

At the same time, however, and as Israel’s war council meets for the third consecutive day to decide how to respond to the Iranian attack, international pressures for restraint are increasing and efforts to avoid a response that would lead to an escalation of tensions.

In her statements a little earlier, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen emphasized that Washington might use its power and to impose sanctions on Iranworking alongside its allies to “continue to impede the Iranian regime’s malign and destabilizing activity.”

The statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Berbock, who announced that she is traveling to Israel in an attempt to avoid the escalation of tensions in the region, moved along the same wave. Burbok emphasized, among other things, that she has found a disposition on the European side to extend the sanctions against Tehran, possibly within the next few days.

With senior Israeli officials promising a response to Iranian bombing, many governments, including Germany’s, keen to avoid a dangerous escalation, they are increasingly talking about new international sanctions.

Officials have proposed, as part of the new sanctions, to expand the reach of those involved in the manufacture of Iranian drones, which were used in last Saturday’s attack and have also been widely used by Russia against Ukraine.

It is recalled that the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that Brussels will consider imposing further sanctions on Tehran, in order to hit Iran’s drone and missile manufacturing programs in particular.