28 Feb 2024
Thursday 20 April 2023 - 16:38
Story Code : 405637

US imposes new sanctions on Iran, targeting 1 person, 6 entities

Rattled by Iran's drone prowess, the United States hasimposed fresh sanctions on an Iranian individual as well as several companies over their alleged links to the Islamic Republics drone and military programs.

The US Treasury Departmentin astatementon Wednesday saidthe sanctions targeted Mehdi Khoshghadam, who heads Pardazan System Namad Arman (PASNA), an Iranian company already under US sanctions, in addition to six entitiesin Iran and elsewhere.

The Treasury accused Khoshghadam of leading a sanctions evasion network by using PASNAs front companies to procure electronic components from foreign suppliers, mostly based in China.

The statement claimed that the network had facilitated Irans procurement of electronic components for its military programs, including those used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Three China-based suppliers of PASNA were targeted in Wednesday's action alongside a Hong Kong-based company, a Malaysia-based front company and one based in Iran.

"The network sanctioned today has procured goods and technology for the Iranian government and its defense industry and UAV program," Brian Nelson, the Treasury's undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, claimed in the statement.

The sanctions freeze any US assets of those targeted and generally bar Americans from dealing with them.

Last month, the Treasury Departmentsanctionedfour entities and three individuals over their alleged involvement in a procurement network that purportedly supported Irans drone program.

Irans drone industry has made tremendous headway over the past couple of years, with its latest achievements put on display during Tuesdays parade marking National Army Day.

The new wave ofsanctions comesamid US accusations that the Islamic Republic provided Russia with drones to be usedagainst Ukraine.

By Press TV
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