Washington says it plans to use export controls and work with companies to block Western tech from reaching Tehran
The White House is working to prevent Iran from using Western parts to build military drones, said Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the US National Security Council. His statement came after Washington accused Tehran of delivering combat drones to Russia amid its conflict with Ukraine.
“We are looking for ways to target Iranian drone production through sanctions, export controls and discussions with private companies whose parts were used in production,” Watson said in a statement to The New York Times on Wednesday.
Watson added that the White House was “evaluate what additional measures we can take in terms of export controls to restrict Iran’s access to technologies used in drones.”
Ukraine has accused Russia of using Iranian Shahed-136 suicide drones in strikes on kyiv and other cities. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the allegations at the time, saying Moscow was only using Russian equipment in the military operation in Ukraine.
CNN reported last week that Washington has set up a task force to investigate allegations that Western components were found in drones deployed by Russia in Ukraine. The United States is also working on additional export restrictions for Iran, according to Bloomberg.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said this month that kyiv’s accusations of aiding Russia with weapons were “unfounded.” He maintains that the Islamic Republic does not supply military equipment to any of the parties to the conflict.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in early November that Tehran had dispatched “a small number of drones” in Russia months before Moscow launched the military operation in late February.
In September and November, the US Treasury Department blacklisted several Iranian companies accused of involvement in the alleged sale of drones to Russia.
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