US imposes sanctions on Iran’s drone program

Washington: The US has imposed sanctions against companies and individuals related to Iran’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs.

The Treasury Department said in a statement that it had named two companies and three individuals who provided critical support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) UAV program, Xinhua news agency reported.

Brigadier General Saeed Aghajani, the head of the IRGC’s UAV command, was also blacklisted for his key role in directing UAV operations.

“The proliferation of Iranian UAVs across the region threatens international peace and stability,” Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo said. Iran and its militants have used UAVs to attack US forces, our allies and international shipping.

The Treasury will continue to hold Iran accountable for its irresponsible and violent acts.

The decree comes after a drone strike last week targeting a US base in southern Syria’s al-Tanf area, with no injuries or deaths reported.

According to a report in the Associated Press, US officials believed that Iran promoted and encouraged the attack while drones were not launched from Iran.

The move comes two days after Tehran said it would resume talks on the Iran nuclear deal before the end of November.

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