Friday, January 27, 2023

US imposes another round of sanctions on Iran over drones used in Russia’s war against Ukraine

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Friday announced a series of new sanctions and additional measures targeting Iran’s aviation and defense sector, as Washington braced against Tehran for supplying arms to Moscow for its war against Ukraine. Accelerated his campaign.

The Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on six executives and board members of Iran’s Quds Aviation Industries, the country’s top defense manufacturer, for its production of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. According to the Treasury, Tehran has transferred unmanned aerial vehicles to Moscow for use on the battlefield in Ukraine.

The administration also appointed Nadir Khun Siavash, head of the Aerospace Industrial Organization of Iran, to oversee the country’s ballistic missile program. In addition, Treasury also imposed sanctions on Qods Aviation Industries Chairman Syed Hojatullah Ghoreshi, Managing Director Ghasem Damavandian, Board members Hamidreza Sharifi-Tehrani, Reza Khaki, Majid Reza Niyazi-Anghili and Wali Arlanizadeh.

“The Kremlin’s reliance on suppliers of last resort such as Iran reflects its frustration over courageous Ukrainian resistance and the success of our global coalition in disrupting Russian military supply chains and denying it supplies needed to replace weapons lost on the battlefield.” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wrote in a statement.

“The United States will take swift action against individuals and entities that support Iran’s ballistic missile and UAV programs and will firmly support the people of Ukraine,” he added.

In recent months, Moscow has carried out devastating missile and drone attacks on what Ukraine said were civilian targets as well as critical infrastructure such as power facilities. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied using Iranian-made drones in Ukraine and targeting residential and other vital civilian areas.

In a separate statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “Iran has now become Russia’s main military backer.”

Iran’s top diplomat said, “Iran must cease its support for Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine, and we will use all means at our disposal to disrupt and delay these transfers and impose costs on the actors involved in this activity.” Will continue to use.” Nation.

Following a series of convictions for drone attacks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the 30-member alliance would send drone-jamming teams to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Kyiv has invited UN experts to inspect whether Iranian drones have been shot down in Ukraine.

Some members of the UN Security Council have argued that Iran violated a 2015 resolution by providing drones to Russia.

UN Security Council resolution, known as 2231, prohibits the transfer of “all goods, materials, equipment and accessories and technology” from Iran, unless approved in advance by the UN Security Council. Ho. ,

Tehran has rejected this claim.

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