Rishi Sunak has warned the stabbing of Salman Rushdie should act as a "a wake-up call for the West" as he called for tougher sanctions following Iran’s response to the attack.
Salman Rushdie stabbing should be a 'wake up call for the West' says Sunak, as he calls for sanctions on Iran.
The prime ministerial candidate described the situation in Iran as "extremely serious" and called for an urgent "strengthened deal and much tougher sanctions".
It comes after Iran welcomed the attack on Sir Rushdie, with The Khorasan newspaper printing a headline which read 'Satan on the way to hell' and the country’s state broadcaster called him a "heretic".
His book The Satanic Verses has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims view it as blasphemous, and its publication prompted Iran's then-leader Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa calling for his death.
ON Saturday night the former Chancellor told The Telegraph: "We urgently need a new, strengthened deal and much tougher sanctions, and if we can’t get results then we have to start asking whether the JCPOA is at a dead end.
"The brutal stabbing of Salman Rushdie should be a wake-up call for the West, and Iran’s reaction to the attack strengthens the case for proscribing the IRGC."