The United States warned that Iran’s development of drones threatens international peace and security and called on individuals and businesses around the world to take steps not to support the development of that program. This warning comes after the dissemination of reports indicating that the Kremlin is interested in setting up a plant in Russia capable of manufacturing Shahed drones with Iranian tutelage.
He Department of Commerce, Treasury, Justice and State They stressed that it is critical that private industry be aware of its legal obligations with respect to the entities and items involved in such efforts, given the potential application of sanctions.
Your joint notice is intended prevent companies from contributing to Iran’s unmanned drone programsincluding through direct and indirect supplies to suppliers in third countries.
In line with what was stated in mid-May, that note pointed out that since “at least” the end of August 2022 Iran has supplied hundreds of drones to Russiawhich has used them to attack critical Ukrainian infrastructure.
And John Kirby, the White House national security spokesman, warned on Friday that Russia is receiving materials from Iran to build a drone factory on its territory that “could be fully operational early next year.”
The US Executive added that Iran has also continued to send drones and other weapons. to the Houthiswhich have been used to carry out attacks inside Yemen and also in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
With these efforts, according to the US, Iran may be trying to strengthen bilateral relations with cooperating countriesboost the profits of its export sector and complicate efforts to restrict its drone activities.
The United States recalled that Iran relies on foreign acquisitions to source items it cannot produce domestically and often prefer US-sourced technologies.
Drones used by Russian forces in their war against Ukraine reveal that the Iranian drone production program uses many components produced by third country suppliers.
“The industry needs to be aware of its compliance obligations due to the threat posed by the extensive overseas network of procurement agents, front companiessuppliers and middlemen used by Iran to obtain components, who employ a variety of methods to circumvent export controls and sanctions,” said that alert.
The United States recalled that those who provide support to sanctioned individuals could themselves be subject to sanctionsand stressed that foreign financial institutions that knowingly conduct or facilitate significant financial transactions for or on behalf of certain sanctioned persons may also be sanctioned.
His warning to the industry asked to be aware of various “red alerts”such as the other party using a personal mail instead of a corporate one in the transactions or that unusual transportation routes are made.
“Russia continues to use Iranian-made drones in attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. This advisory is yet another example of how the United States is working to stop and delay its supply from Iran to Russia,” the State Department added in a separate statement.
With information from EFE
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