The U.S. Treasury announced new sanctions on Friday, targeting Iran’s drone programme. The sanctions aim to intensify pressure on Tehran before scheduled talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
The Treasury said lethal unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were used to attack U.S. forces.
“Iran’s proliferation of UAVs across the region threatens international peace and stability.”Advertisement
“The drones have also been supplied to Hezbollah, Hamas, and Yemen’s Houthis, and have also been seen in Ethiopia, where the escalating crisis threatens to destabilize the broader region,” the Treasury said.
The U.S. military accused Brigadier General, Saeed Aghajani, Leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ UAV Command of orchestrating the 2019 drone attack on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia and the July 29, 2021 strike on a commercial oil tanker off the coast of Oman, leaving two crew members dead.
The sanctions included two companies, Kimia Part Sivan and Oje Parvaz Mado Nafar, for providing components and developing the Revolutionary Guards’ armed UAVs.
“Iran’s proliferation of UAVs across the region threatens international peace and stability. The Treasury will continue to hold Iran accountable for its irresponsible and violent acts,” U.S. Treasury Deputy Secretary, Wally Adeyemo said.
The sanctions came after a drone attack targeted a US military base in Al-Tanf, Syria.
The Pentagon could not identify the assailants, however, Spokesperson, John Kirby said “We have seen these kinds of attacks in the past from Shia militant groups, which we know are backed and supported by Iran.”
The sanctions were announced before the talks between Tehran and world powers scheduled in November to reach a nuclear deal.